Memorials & Tributes

Adopt a Plant

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s Adopt a Plant program is our way of honoring and remembering friends and family. Adopting a plant allows you to not only express your support for another individual, but also help keep the Garden thriving and vibrant.

Each adoption kit includes a postcard set of the plant and a certificate of adoption, and will be sent to the individual noted in the “Comments” section of the donation page. If no honoree information is included, the adoption kit will be sent to the donor.

Read on to discover the plants available for adoption.

Adopt a Plant

Invincibelle® Spirit smooth hydrangea


Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’

Invincibelle® Spirit smooth hydrangea is a perfect shrub for dry shade and a modern improvement on the classic Annabelle.

You can find a large group of Invincibelle® Spirit smooth hydrangea in flower during the month of June in the northeast hillside garden adjacent to the stone stairs. Its cousin Invincibelle® Spirit II grows further down the hillside in the southwest corner adjacent to witch hazels and a Japanese maple.

Dark Towers beardtongue


Penstemon digitalis ‘Dark Towers’

This popular, free-flowering penstemon is one of the most widely planted perennials at the Botanical Garden. We grow this three-season performer, enjoyed by hummingbirds and other pollinators, for its sumptuous black–maroon foliage, pearlescent flowers and persistent seedheads.

You can find Dark Towers beardtongue in graphic, abundant stands in the Lauridsen Savanna and scattered throughout the Koehn Garden. It flowers in May and June and remains in seed until frost.

Fascination Culver’s root


Veronicastrum ‘Fascination’

Fascination Culver’s root is a quartet of novel variant of a Midwestern prairie native, featuring shades of pink and purple. Tall, robust and tolerant of seasonal wetness, ‘Fascination’ sports alluring violet flowers beloved by bees and is a great reminder of the how native diversity makes for beautiful, sustainable gardens.

This unique cultivar features prominently in the northern corners of the Koehn Garden from late June through mid-July alongside orange trumpet lilies and Russian sage.

Glowing Embers® licorice mint hyssop


Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers®

Glowing Embers® licorice mint hyssop is a hummingbird magnet and a feast for the eyes with its nonstop sunset red flowers. It thrives in soils with good drainage, tolerating extended periods of drought. Gently brush up against its silvery leaves for a rich licorice aroma. You can find a floriferous colony of this plant in the Dorothy and Max Rutledge Conifer Garden from late May through September.

Milk Bottles bottle gentian


Gentiana andrewsii ‘Milk Bottles’

One of the rarest perennials in our living collections, this unusually white-flowered form of our Iowa native bottle gentian offers late-season allure. It spends most of the growing season as a collection of shiny leaves and stems that ultimately reveal miniature milk bottle flowers beloved by foraging bees.

You can find Milk Bottles bottle gentian near a bench on the east side of the path through the Lauridsen Savanna.

Adopt a Plant

Note: These are illustrative examples. Your contribution will support all the Botanical Garden’s efforts. We are unfortunately not able to recognize plant adoptions on garden signage.

Additional Information

Adopt a Plant donations are fully tax-deductible.

If you would like to Adopt a Plant via check, please include the following details with your contribution:

  • Denote “Adopt a Plant” in the memo. If this note is not present, we cannot guarantee that an adoption kit will be sent.
  • The name(s) and address of the honoree
  • The name(s) and address of individuals to receive the adoption kit (if different than honoree)

Please address mailed donations to:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Philanthropy Department
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50309-2897

Questions? Contact or 515.402.4279