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Plant Donations Needed for 20th Annual Perennial Divide

Do you have extra plants in your garden that are taking up too much space or you want to replace? Des Moines Parks and Recreation is requesting the public’s help in beautifying and enhancing public0519 171 lands in the city through the donation of perennial plants from personal gardens. Community organizations such as neighborhood associations, community centers, park landscape beds, and schools will benefit from the plants. The grounds of Mondamin Presidential Neighborhood Association, Downtown School, Orchard Place, and other non-profits throughout the city planted over 500 plants donated to the 2018 Spring Perennial Divide.

Donations will be accepted at the City greenhouse beginning Friday, May 17th and ending at noon Saturday, May 18, 2019. All types and varieties of plant material are welcome, including perennial flowers, bulbs, ground covers, herbs, ornamental grasses, shrubs, and annuals. No donation is too small! Donors are asked to label their plants with the type of plant, sun requirements, height, and color.

Non-profit organizations interested in receiving plant material should call 515-248-6384 or email Organizations that have been confirmed to receive donations can pick up plants on Saturday, May 18th from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The public is asked to bring donations to:
City of Des Moines Greenhouse
2501 SE Maury - Chesterfield Community Center
8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 17 
9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18

For more information contact Julie Hempel at 515-248-6384 or

Benjamin R. Page
Director, Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department
(515) 237-1386

About Des Moines Parks and Recreation
Founded in 1892, the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is “Helping Des Moines Live Well, Play Hard and Protect the Earth.”  Our department is responsible for the management of 75 parks, over 4,000 acres of parkland, 81 miles of trails, seven cemeteries and several recreation facilities.  In addition, we offer numerous programs in the areas of sports, urban conservation, environment education, sport instruction, volunteerism, rentals and special events.  For more information on Des Moines Parks and Recreation programs or facilities, visit our website (, Facebook (, Twitter (@desmoinesparks) or Instagram (