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Des Moines, IA:Community Gardening Coalition

  • Subject: [cg] Des Moines, IA:Community Gardening Coalition
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 07:50:35 EDT

Published April 7, 2005

Free flowers
Area nonprofit groups to receive plants through beautification program.

Area nonprofit groups can receive flowering plants through a beautification 
program.

OLIVIA GONZALEZ HOWE
REGISTER STAFF WRITER

Every year, nearly 100 Des Moines nonprofit groups rely on a city-run 
beautification program to help brighten up their surroundings.

Des Moines Community Gardening Coalition grows and distributes more than 
150,000 flowering annuals that are planted in public gardens located in places 
such as street medians and land owned by nonprofit organizations and schools.

Thanks to donations of perennials, about 20 groups will receive free plants 
through the sixth annual Great Perennial Divide. Last year, more than 1,700 
plants that ranged from herbs to butterfly garden materials were donated.

"Most of these groups that can't afford to buy look to us to help provide the 
resources," said Teva Dawson, community garden coordinator for the Des Moines 
Parks and Recreation Department. "The hard part is putting in the time and 
energy" to maintain a garden.

Groups that want to test out their green thumbs must order annuals for new or 
existing gardens by April 30. Perennials must be requested by April 15.

Annuals will be distributed at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. 
Ray Drive, May 13-21. Donations of perennials will be accepted on May 14 at 
the center, and plants will be distributed the following day.

Items needed include perennials for sun and shade, ground covers, herbs, 
ornamental grasses, shrubs and seeds.

The Women's Residential Correctional Facility, 1917 Hickman Road, is among 
the groups that relies on the city program for landscaping and greenery.

Women who live at the facility plant and maintain their own Serenity Garden 
and flower boxes throughout the spring and summer, said Lyn Hawthorn, 
residential supervisor.

"It really spruces up the grounds," Hawthorn said. "It's not a problem 
getting the (residents) out there. They enjoy being outside working with the 
flowers."

Members of organizations who request perennials will meet with a volunteer 
master gardener who visits the garden site to help determine the type of plants 
and how many are needed for the space.

All nonprofit organizations, excluding churches, are eligible to receive free 
flowers and plants. Group orders are coordinated through neighborhood 
associations, Dawson said. Organizations also can place orders by contacting the 
city's Park and Recreation Department or by downloading an order form for annual 
plants only at www.dmparks.org.

    

Published April 7, 2005

Free flowers


ORDERING DEADLINE: Perennials, April 15; annuals, April 30
LEARN MORE: For information call 323-8907 or log on to www.dmparks.org


    


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Area nonprofit groups to receive plants through beautification program.



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Every year, nearly 100 Des Moines nonprofit groups rely on a city-run 
beautification program to help brighten up their surroundings.

Des Moines Community Gardening Coalition grows and distributes more than 
150,000 flowering annuals that are planted in public gardens located in places 
such as street medians and land owned by nonprofit organizations and schools.

Thanks to donations of perennials, about 20 groups will receive free plants 
through the sixth annual Great Perennial Divide. Last year, more than 1,700 
plants that ranged from herbs to butterfly garden materials were donated.

"Most of these groups that can't afford to buy look to us to help provide the 
resources," said Teva Dawson, community garden coordinator for the Des Moines 
Parks and Recreation Department. "The hard part is putting in the time and 
energy" to maintain a garden.

Groups that want to test out their green thumbs must order annuals for new or 
existing gardens by April 30. Perennials must be requested by April 15.

Annuals will be distributed at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. 
Ray Drive, May 13-21. Donations of perennials will be accepted on May 14 at 
the center, and plants will be distributed the following day.

Items needed include perennials for sun and shade, ground covers, herbs, 
ornamental grasses, shrubs and seeds.

The Women's Residential Correctional Facility, 1917 Hickman Road, is among 
the groups that relies on the city program for landscaping and greenery.

Women who live at the facility plant and maintain their own Serenity Garden 
and flower boxes throughout the spring and summer, said Lyn Hawthorn, 
residential supervisor.

"It really spruces up the grounds," Hawthorn said. "It's not a problem 
getting the (residents) out there. They enjoy being outside working with the 
flowers."

Members of organizations who request perennials will meet with a volunteer 
master gardener who visits the garden site to help determine the type of plants 
and how many are needed for the space.

All nonprofit organizations, excluding churches, are eligible to receive free 
flowers and plants. Group orders are coordinated through neighborhood 
associations, Dawson said. Organizations also can place orders by contacting the 
city's Park and Recreation Department or by downloading an order form for annual 
plants only at www.dmparks.org.


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