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
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 2023, over 500 plants were received from donations, which were planted by groups such as Oakridge Neighborhood, Des Moines Public Libraries, Des Moines Public Schools 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 17th and ending at noon Saturday, May 18, 2024.
The general public is asked to bring plant donations to: Park and Recreation Greenhouse - 1553 Maury (map).
Friday, May 17th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18th, 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.