Beautification & Horticulture

Neighborhood Flower Program

Each year the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department’s greenhouse grows over 250,000 flowering annuals to distribute to community groups to beautify public spaces such as right-of-ways, medians, street corners, parkways, and land owned by non-profits including schools within the city limits of Des Moines. Plants ordered by September 30 will be scheduled for pick-up Friday, May 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the City’s greenhouses located at 2501 Maury Street.

Individuals or groups interested in beautifying public spaces should contact their neighborhood association to place an order. To find out what neighborhood association a resident belongs to, use our online tool "Show Me My House", enter your address and select from the list of valid addresses. Look in the Neighborhood section to see if a neighborhood is listed for your area.  To find out more about your neighborhood visit the ”Des Moines Neighborhoods" page and select your named neighborhood.  If your neighborhood association doesn't participate in this program, please contact Park staff. 

For more information E-mail Us or call (515) 248-6384.


City Property Flowers

All new and existing flower beds on city property such as medians, parkland, vacant lots and street corners must be approved by the Park Department manager for that area of town.  

Our Parks staff is there to assist you in designing your garden beds and may be able to assist with bed preparation for larger plots.  Any flower bed planted on land not owned or maintained by the City of Des Moines such as schools or community centers need not contact park staff.