April 6, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release: April 6, 2015
Contact: Eldree Baer, Marketing and Guest Experience Manager
Spring Garden Festival to be held in newly opened outdoor gardens
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 6, 2015) –
With warm weather and plenty of sunshine this past weekend, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden opened its 11 new outdoor gardens to the public for general admission on Saturday.
“After a successful ceremonial grand opening last fall, we have been eager to share the success of this project with the public each and every day we are open,” says Stephanie Jutila, Botanical Garden President and CEO.
The outdoor gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with seasonal cost of admission, which also includes the conservatory and the Gardeners Show House.
Visitors will have plenty to experience this spring with a full roster of classes and events planned to welcome new audiences into the newly renovated and expanded Botanical Garden. The second annual Spring Garden Festival runs May 7-10. The Festival is the Botanical Garden’s signature retail pop-up event, including a limited edition plant sale with over 500 unique and usual varieties of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and tropicals in five showrooms in the Koehn Garden and on the Banker’s Trust Veranda.
“The Spring Garden Festival was a smash hit last year,” says Kelly Norris, horticulture manager and artistic director of the Festival. “It’s the premier weekend to experience the Botanical Garden in the height of spring, shop for new plants,exclusive garden merchandise and experience how to be a better gardener.”
Tickets are on-sale for the exclusive preview sale and cocktail party on the evening of May 7 at www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf15. The Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Seasonal cost of admission applies.
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.