Visitors to the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center in 2011 will be welcomed with seasonally changing gardens, educational activities and family events inspired by all things color, including rainbows, color palettes, kaleidoscopes, seasons and music.
Throughout the year, children, families and visitors of all ages will enjoy “Colors Alive!” which includes six plant bed changes in the Dome – many bringing the theme alive with life-size props and characters made out of plants. The theme continues into the Show House, with four seasonal designs and outside in the Herb Garden which is open May through September.
With each new garden design, children are engaged in different activities and crafts throughout the Dome and everyone can enjoy new products in the Garden Gate Gift Shop corresponding with each new garden design. Visit the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center often to see each new garden.
The Color of Music is on display now through the end of February. Visitors will be captivated by the show beds inspired by popular songs that have color words in their titles or lyrics. The showcased plants will feature colors and props that give clues to the song titles. Can you guess them all? Designed by Lead Horticulturist, Todd Monson and artistic paintings by Events Coordinator, Pam Kline.