Spring Perennial Divide
Over the last 18 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 2016, 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, May 19th, and ending at noon Saturday, May 20th. 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, May 19, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 20, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Donating & Receiving
The general public is asked to bring plant donations to: Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 Maury
Friday, May 19 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.