The Friends started as the Garden’s original 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1969. They raised money and offered programming while the Garden was managed by the City of Des Moines (1979-2003) and Des Moines Water Works (2004-2012). In 2011, the 501(c)(3) charter was transferred to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and a governing board was formed as the nonprofit launched a capital campaign.
Friends of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a volunteer leadership council. The committee supports and promotes the Botanical Garden through public engagement, events, membership, artisan activities and volunteer advocacy. Friends develop new initiatives to support the Botanical Garden as a Service Enterprise that uses volunteers and their skills across the organization in furtherance of its mission.
Immediate Past Chairman
Carly Kelty – Greenfield
Mary B. Oothout
Applications to join Friends are available in the spring; please check back for more details.