Friends of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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.

Amber Siever

Kim Barnett

Vice Chair

Margaret Schultz

Kathy Bernreuter
Past Chair

Jane Ambrozic

Jacquie Brewer

Sean Carver

Nancy Dunbar

Susan Ekstrom

Paula Farrell

Ruth Hamilton

Janet Herrold

Diane Hills

Cheryl Hood

Carly Kelty-Greenfield

Shannon Maddy

Elvin McDonald

Jeanne Sandahl

Rudy Trejo

Jana Warren

Kaylea Wilde

Applications to join Friends are available in the spring; please check back for more details.