The North Gallery at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden features art and photography on natural and botanical themes throughout the year. The subject matter supports our mission — “Exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants.” The shows change regularly, showcasing artists from around the Midwest. Sales support the Botanical Garden’s annual fund. Artists and photographers interested in having a show are encouraged to contact the Education and Outreach Department at 515.323.6296.
Whether it is vegetable, herb, flower or foliage, plants are works of art. The Master Gardener Art Show is the product of the experience, perspective, gratitude and sense of wonder gardening can provide, while showing the creativity of gardeners and contributing to the education and enjoyment of Botanical Garden guests.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has served as the host location for the annual Master Gardener Art Show for several years and is pleased to have it back in 2017. All entries must have a horticultural, floriculture or gardening theme and must have been completed within the last three years. Pieces in this gallery were selected by a judging panel.
In 1982, the internationally recognized team of Newton, Iowa museum artists Norman Neal Deaton, Michelle Deaton, Blaine Haunsperger and Daniel Kohl accepted the commission to create a mural with accompanying wildflower replicas representing some of the many plants blooming in the Iowa prairie in the spring, summer and fall seasons.
The botanical models are all handmade. Actual plant specimens are taken apart and a mold is made of each part, including leaves, petals, sepals, etc. The parts are then cast in vinyl or acetate by a vacu-formed process, trimmed, reassembled and painted by hand. Some of the grass blades are mylar grouped with actual grasses that have been preserved and stabilized. Most of the stems of the plants are wire welded with a miniature jewelers' welder.
This work of art is the gift of Myron and Jacqueline Blank in honor of their parents A.H. and Anna Blank and Lewis and Leah Navran.
We are very excited to host many signature events throughout the season at our location to help bring something special to our gardens. Below are various slideshows from past events that take place throughout our different galleries and exhibits. Please see our upcoming events to see what excitement is coming to the gardens soon.