Dig Deeper

A blog by the staff of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

4 Flowers Perfect for Arrangements

Making the Cut In its finest form, flower arranging is high art. In more casual settings, cut flowers adorn modern living spaces as a celebration of a garden’s ample success. These flowers are favorites at the Botanical Garden, and they happen to work well in bouquets, too. 1. Baptisia Baptisia or false indigo is stunning enough in a [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Horticulture|

Botanical Garden Profile: Dennis Zaabel

Dennis Zaabel, Botanical Garden volunteer From helping with cacti and succulents to using his expert welding skills, volunteer Dennis Zaabel has had a hand in shaping many areas of the Garden. His craftsmanship has shown up in conservatory exhibits over the years, including a constructing notable blue rebar sculpture that anchored the acclaimed kokedama exhibit High Flight and [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Botanical Garden Profile|

Phenology: Tracking Plants in Bloom

When Do Plants Really Bloom in Des Moines? Phenology, the study of natural cycles and seasonal changes, is especially important in horticulture. While the name may sound intimidating, we are all phenologists to some extent. We know that with the coming of spring we can expect blustery tulip festivals followed by bold summer flowers and bountiful fall harvests. [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Horticulture|

The Seeds of Social Irrigation

The Origin of the Garden's Summer Concert Series In 2015, following the Garden’s renovation and transformation of 7 acres of outdoor space, our team began asking one another, “What are your dreams for the future of the Botanical Garden?” After collecting feedback from Botanical Garden members, staff, volunteers and visitors, we received many requests related to adding educational [...]

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Signature Event|

Buck Roses: A Midwestern Favorite

Buck Roses in the Wells Fargo Rose Garden Rosa 'Simon Estes' Dr. Griffith Buck is a legend among gardeners. His surname applied to a rose equates to a badge of honor. The former Iowa State University horticulture professor left a long legacy of hardworking shrub roses, 93 in all, for Midwestern gardens. These varieties laid the [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Horticulture|