Beautification & Horticulture
Fall Perennial Divide

Over the last 20 years, the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has accepted plant donations from the public to be planted in City parks and neighborhood community gardens. In 2017, over 600 plants were received from donations, which were planted by groups such as Orchard Place, Des Moines Public Libraries, Carter Elementary School and Central Iowa Shelter and Services.

By cleaning out your garden, and donating your plants to the Parks and Recreation Department, this will help renew it and help beautify Des Moines public spaces. Residents who are donating plant material are asked to label their plants and identify its sun requirements, height, and color of flower. No donation is too small. We welcome plants of all kinds including perennials, bulbs, groundcovers, ornamental grasses, shrubs, seeds and bulbs.

Donations will be accepted at the City greenhouse starting Friday, October 5th, and ending at noon Saturday, October 6th. Non-profit groups that have been confirmed to receive donations can pick up plants on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The general public is asked to bring plant donations to:

Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 SE Maury (map)

  • Friday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Donating & Receiving

Donating Plants

The general public is asked to bring plant donations to: Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 Maury

Friday, October 5       8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 6   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Receiving Plants

If you are a group that is interested in receiving plant material or any additional information on the Neighborhood Flower Program or the Perennial Divide, please contact Julie Hempel, Horticulture Inspector, Des Moines Park and Recreation Department at 515/248-6384 or flowers@dmgov.org.