March 4, 2014 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release: March 4, 2014
Contact: Kelly Norris, Horticulture Manager
Leaves take center stage at Botanical Garden
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 4, 2014) –
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden unveiled a new exhibit over the weekend featuring the bold colors and patterns of leaves. The exhibit calledNo Flowers, No Problemexplores leaves as the most enduring botanical structures and a staple of strong garden design. The Botanical Garden’s coleus collection is one of the centerpieces of the exhibit, on display in the conservatory and the Gardeners Show House. The collection is the largest of its kind in the country with more than 625 varieties documenting the evolution of this popular bedding and container plant.
“The challenge with an exhibit like this is to inspire people in the absence of flowers,” says horticulture manager Kelly Norris. “Sometimes flowers get all the credit, but the vibrancy of leaves is both exciting and beautiful and much longer lasting.”
The exhibit is part of regular seasonal programming at the Botanical Garden. The new programming strategy launched last year as part of a new vision for the institution. Flower show-style gardens pop up every six weeks throughout the year in the conservatory and Gardeners Show House. Full descriptions of the show concepts and featured plants are posted at dmbotanicalgarden.com/explore-the-gardens/horticultural-exhibits.
No Flowers, No Problemis open through early April. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information about other upcoming events and programming can be found at dmbotanicalgarden.com.
The Botanical Garden is located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major holidays. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for adults 65 and older, $3 for children ages 4-17 and free for members and children 3 and younger.
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.