April 25, 2016 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Spring Garden Festival May 5-8 features hard-to-find plants, container design station, more
Des Moines – The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s third annual Spring Garden Festival debuts Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. with an opening night party. The sale runs through May 8 at 3 p.m. and features an array of fantastic plants not easily found elsewhere in central Iowa.
“New components to the sale this year will add to your botanical library and make it even easier to have a beautiful container garden on the porch,” said Kelly Norris, director of horticulture and artistic director of the Festival. “Our Festival is truly an inspiring and informative retail experience. We delight in finding the very best and most interesting plants available from around the country, as well as growing special varieties in the Garden.”
The Festival takes place in the Koehn Garden and on the Bankers Trust Veranda and is merchandised in distinct groupings — indoor plants, container gardening, edibles, prairie dwellers and front yard gardens. Norris calls it the Ikea-styling of gardening – wander through and watch the scene change around you.
This year the Festival added a container design station staffed by volunteers. Attendees can choose the plants they like — with guidance if needed — and a container that suits them. Volunteers will plant it so shoppers can walk out with a porch-ready pot.
“We’re excited to make it even easier for people to have beautiful plants at home,” Norris said. “We’re thankful the Friends of the Garden are volunteering to help with this.”
The May 5 opening night party runs 6 to 8 p.m. and is a ticketed event. Advance tickets are available online. This is the first chance to see the sale and also includes live music, botanically-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The party also includes a butterfly release and brief program at 6:45 p.m. Raffle tickets at the event will be sold for three sets of garden chairs and table, modeled after the famous sets in the Chanticleer garden.
On May 6, guests are invited to shop and celebrate National Public Garden Day, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. National gardening expert Kathleen Ziemer will present a lecture on pollinators at 1 p.m. in the DuPont Room.
On May 7 the sale runs 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and national gardening expert Dan Benarcik will discuss the Chanticleer garden on Wayne, Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. in the DuPont East Room.
On May 8, the sale runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and mothers get in to the Festival and Garden for free.
On May 7 and 8, children are invited to make mother’s day cards at the Festival.
Another addition this year is the used garden book sale. Several hundred books have been collected and will be available throughout Festival grounds for purchase.
Admission to the Garden covers admission to the Festival with the exception of the special ticketed event on May 5.
For more information and the full press kit, visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dbxphpzzxwlp4vi/AAD28nmQtJx4ior8JJB2tF5Ba?dl=0
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.