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.
Artist Andrea Adams views this exhibit as her celebration of and response to the beauty of the inspiring natural world. Using charcoal, gouache, acrylic and oil paint, she worked intuitively and thoughtfully while discovering new and interesting color combinations.
Adams says painting keeps her challenged and creatively fulfilled. She has always enjoyed finding the “beauty within the chaos” on her canvas by adding and removing elements. To Adams, this process symbolizes how she wants to live her life—always trying to remember what is important within the craziness of today’s world.
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.