March 10, 2014 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 10, 2014) –
Mary Kline-Misol will speak at the Botanical Garden’s Learn on Saturdays Lecture Series on March 29. She will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. about her artwork and her exhibitWondrous Woods, currently on display through March 30. Following Mary’s talk, Botanical Garden President and CEO Stephanie Jutila will speak about the continued expansion of the gardens in 2014 and beyond.
The Learn on Saturday Lecture Series is an annual adult education event held every Saturday, January through March. Drawing from central Iowa’s extensive crowd of horticultural professionals and skilled gardeners, the series showcases a curated array of programs ranging from beekeeping to growing orchids. More information about the remaining speakers in the series in addition to handouts from previous lectures is available at dmbotanicalgarden.com.
The Botanical Garden also continues to host artists showcasing work on botanical themes. In addition toWondrous Woods, the calendar for the North Gallery boasts a diverse offering of botanically inspired artwork. Philadelphia-based photographer Rob Cardillo will showcase his award-winning work from magazines and books in April and May, followed by a collection of leaf and flower paintings by local artist Jerri Ross.
New programs and new gardens are themes at the Botanical Garden, currently in the midst of a major capital campaign. Seven acres of gardens remain under construction through fall 2014 as part of the $12 million Phase I improvements. The Phase IIWe Are A Garden Nowcampaign seeks to raise $6.2 million for two additional gardens and an expanded endowment.
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.