Welcome to Perennial Divide
Plant material is needed for the annual Perennial Divide. Last fall over 400 plants were donated from homes that were transplanted into Parks, Schools and non-profit organizations. We need your help again this fall.
Spring Perennial Divide
The City of Des Moines will be following COVID-19 CDC guidelines for a safe event, Here is a link to the Return to Play for the Perennial Divide.
Over the last 22 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 2019, over 500 plants were received from donations, which were planted by groups such as Orchard Place, Des Moines Public Libraries, Carver Elementary School and Bidwell Riverside. 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 beginning Friday, May 13th and ending at noon Saturday, May 14, 2022.
The general public is asked to bring plant donations to:
Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 SE Maury (map)
- Friday, May 13th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 14th, 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, Des Moines Park and Recreation Department at 515/248-6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a group that is interested in receiving plant material or any additional information on the Park and Recreation Greenhouse, Neighborhood Flower Program or the Perennial Divide, please contact Julie Hempel, Horticulture Inspector, at 515-248-6384 or email@example.com.