April 25, 2013 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 25, 2013) –
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden unveils a new horticultural exhibit this week, making art from an industrial-colored plant palette, a steel sculpture, and architectural salvage. The new conservatory exhibit calledSteelis an artistic riff on a re-vegetated, post-apocalyptic world, where plants rule vacant buildings, monuments, and former green spaces. The exhibit features a number of exotic plants including the first public presentation of a brand new metallic-colored asparagus relative from Ireland (Astelia‘Silver Shadow), along with sooty New Zealand flax (Phormium‘Black Adder’) and oily black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus‘Nigrescens’). Orange-flowered Mexican flame vines (Pseudogynoxys chenopodiodes) will overrun a custom-built steel sculpture inspired by a familiar Des Moines landmark. The color palette of the planting design—bronze, black, silver, hot pink, and maroon—evokes the colors of industry and human progress.
This exhibit is one of many that the horticulture staff will design and install every other month throughout the year. These artful presentations of plants in flower show-style garden arrangements will focus on plant-inspired themes. Full descriptions of the show concepts and featured plants are posted on The Gardener’s Blog at dmbotanicalgarden.com/gardening/gardener-blog/.
“The conservatory offers us an opportunity to celebrate the dynamic world of plants,” says horticulture manager Kelly Norris. “We want people to enter the conservatory and be inspired by the experience.”
Steelis open through late May. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More information about other upcoming events and programming can be found at dmbotanicalgarden.com.
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.