May 13, 2013 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, Iowa (May 13, 2013) –
Two beautiful private gardens in Johnston and the Polk County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Urbandale are destinations for the second annual Pedal to Petals Bicycle Ride fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden on Sunday, June 9.
Bicyclists can choose from two scenic loops—8.5 or 33.5 miles—that run almost exclusively on trails within the greater Des Moines area. The ride begins and ends at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive. Riders may depart any time between 8 and 9 a.m. and take as much time as they like to finish. The short route includes one stop and riders may choose to drive to the other gardens.
To sign up, go to GetMeRegistered.com or print out a registration form at dmbotanicalgarden.com. Entry fee is $30 in advance or $35 the day of the ride. All proceeds benefit the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Free admission is included with registration.
Registered riders see and learn about the rain gardens at the Polk County Office Building on Euclid. Iowa Outdoor Products on 86thStreet, a short detour off the route, offers bikers a 20 percent ride-day discount to registered participants. Refreshments will be offered at stops along the routes.
The featured gardens showcase the expertise of dedicated Johnston gardeners Carolyn Magnani and Neil and Laurie Barrick.
"One of the first things visitors notice in our yard is the water feature,” says Laurie Barrick, a member of the Friends of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden board. “The stream starts at the top of a hill and meanders down about 75 feet over several waterfalls before ending in a pond next to our deck. Along the way, the stream splits around an oak tree that was there when the water feature was installed.”
The Barricks’ garden displays sedums, lilies, dwarf conifers, shrubs specifically chosen to attract birds, and more than 70 different heucheras (coralbells).
A visit to Ceres’ Garden, named for the Roman goddess of agriculture, reveals a series of garden rooms, with a pergola, arbor, limestone walk, and a wealth of information about Magnani’s experiences garnered since she began the garden in 1989. “The garden is a collection of plants that are special to me, including my favorite lilies, clematis, and my first love, trees and shrubs,” says Magnani, who received the Rita Tarr Landscape Design Critics Award in 1996 from the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa.
The owners and other garden experts will be on hand to answer questions and share their creative visions. Home and garden vendors will provide information on rain gardens, water gardens, unique plants, mulch, irrigation systems, landscapes, hardscapes, native plants and more.
Participants receive a technical fabric T-shirt, plus horticultural and other giveaways, including passes good for any Sunday I-Cubs game, while supplies last.
Everyone, including those not riding, can participate in a raffle for their choice of a Specialized women’s Vita Elite or men’s Sirrus Elite bicycle and Bell helmet (on display at the Botanical Garden until the day of the ride), a 5-piece set of Corona garden tools, or Pedal to Petals helmet covers. Tickets are for sale at the Botanical Garden through the morning of June 9th.
Captions, below, for photos available at dmbotanicalgarden.com/about-us/media
Barrick Garden: A 75-foot stream meanders through the property of Neil and Laurie Barrick in Johnston. Their garden will be one of three featured June 9 on the Pedal to Petals bicycle ride to benefit the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
Pedal to Petals Ride: Bicycle riders on last year’s ride leave the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in search of great gardens. The route changes each year.
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.