Gardener Blog

We have many knowledgeable horticulturists on staff that are eager to share their knowledge with you. Visit our Gardener Blog often for various planting tips for your own garden as well as updates on what is happening here in our gardens. Sort posts by author or category to help find what you are looking for.

  • May31

    Sharp

    by Kelly Norris in HortiCULTURE

    Our world is full of contrast—light and dark, black and white, stop and go.  The world of plants is no different.  From fuzzy to smooth, rubbery to rough, blunt to sharp, plants have evolved their leaves and architectures as survival mechanisms for an ever-changing world.  Coming at a time when succulents and cacti are considered hot and trendy, our newest exhibit aims to make a point of using plants that contrast with their surroundings.

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  • Apr22

    Steel

    by Kelly Norris in HortiCULTURE

    Undoubtedly the most recognizable feature of Des Moines' emergent skyline is 801 Grand, the copper-peaked, corporate home of Prinicipal Financial Group.  Imagine for a moment if plants took over the city--what would that noble building look like covered in post-apocalyptic flora?

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  • Apr10

    Chilly Spring

    by Kelly Norris in HortiCULTURE

    In fits and spurts, spring in Iowa bubbles to the surface, emerging as galanthus, crocus, daffodils, and a fresh new display in the front yard of the botanical garden.  And it's more than just pansies.

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  • Mar29

    Teasing

    by Kelly Norris in Plants We Love

    My friend Nancy Buley--director of communications by day at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery and proprietor of Treephoria, LLC by night--teased me yesterday.  When you're a plant geek, teasing is easy enough--just toss a little eye candy into an email, pen a gentle muse suggesting yet another plant purchase, and hit send.  

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