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Botanical Garden Profile: Garden Hosts

Connecting Guests to the Garden Stationed inside the conservatory or outdoors during events, our volunteer Garden Hosts welcome guests and enhance their Botanical Garden visits every day. They may help with wayfinding, provide a clue to an elusive scavenger hunt quest, point out a plant of interest, mention an upcoming concert to a [...]

2020-02-14T14:44:03-06:00

Botanical Garden Profile: Margaret Schultz

Margaret Schultz, volunteer You are relatively new to the community. How has the Garden helped anchor you to Des Moines? I have been here six years, and the Botanical Garden has been and was instrumental in making me feel welcome. I moved here only knowing a few people and no longer worked, so [...]

2019-08-21T10:14:57-05:00

Botanical Garden Profile: David Regan

David Regan, director of retail and guest experience You made a career change from high-end retail to the Botanical Garden. What motivated the switch? I had been looking for the last 6-8 months and when this opportunity came up it kind of brought me back to moments from my childhood and being in [...]

2019-06-10T16:20:51-05:00

Botanical Garden Profile: Hannah Loy

Hannah Loy, horticulturist What is it about plants that made you want to pursue them as a career? There is always more to learn in the world of plants. When caring for a plant that you think you have a good grasp of, there are still so many different controls required to successfully [...]

2019-06-10T15:49:44-05:00

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 [...]

2019-06-10T15:48:16-05:00