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April 15, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day is April 22, and is a great time each year to show off your “greenness!”  Earth Day is a reminder of our responsibility to protect our planet so that it is a place of beauty and remains healthy and safe for future generations.

The first Earth Day was held in the spring of 1970 (thanks to Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and environmentalist activist, Denis Hayes) and was officially declared a day of celebration in 1990. 

You don’t have to be part of an organized event to do your part on Earth Day (and every day). Keep on with the green things you already do and try something new…

  • Take a walk and breathe in the fresh air at Water Works Park
  • Explore a world of plants under one dome at the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center.  Enjoy free admission for everyone on Earth Day!
  • Take Household Hazardous Materials (HHMs) to the Regional Collection Center in Bondurant.
  • Purchase more environmentally-friendly products.
  • Don’t purchase more than you will need; then use them up.
  • Buy products that don’t use so much packaging.
  • Use more reusable materials like lunch boxes, sandwich containers, aluminum water bottles and rags.
  • Bag up grass clippings, leaves, sticks and branches and put them in CompostIt! bags at the curb.
  • Clean up pet waste and put it in the garbage so it doesn’t wash down the storm sewers and into the rivers!
  • Keep your car in good repair so it doesn’t leak oil.  Clean up oil leaks with kitty litter or sand and sweep it up.
  • Plant grass and trees so there is no loose dirt on your property.

Even though Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, everyday can be Earth Day if you choose.

Posted by: Gail Peckumn No Comments
Labels: , , , , , , Posted in Botanical Center, Conservation, Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines Water Works Park, Environment, Green Initiatives, Parks March 9, 2011

Planning Your Spring Garden

This is the perfect time to start planning your spring and summer garden, however it is a little early to start the hands-on outdoor work.  Starting early on your plans is a great idea. Planning where and what plants you want to use can take weeks.  Picking your plants early from a vast array of garden catalogs is essential in getting the plants you want. The earlier you order, the better chance you will have to get them. Most of the time, new introduction and favorite plants are sold out well before the planting season begins.

Many seeds take between two to three months to flower. Starting seeds in your home under a grow light is a great way to get a jump on your spring gardening. It allows you to have plants that are larger and perhaps all ready blooming in your garden. Using cool season plants such as pansies, chard, kale, and lettuce will allow you to plant a little earlier. These plants can take a light, late season frost and still be good growers.

Posted by: Todd Monson No Comments
Labels: , , , Posted in Botanical Center, Des Moines Botanical Center October 15, 2010

Fall into the Des Moines Botanical Center

Linus, Charlie Brown, Sally, Snoopy and Lucy make an appearance under the Botanical Center’s Dome for the sixth installment of Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center’s Story Time in the Gardens – seasonally changing gardens inspired by popular children’s books.  The gardens inspired by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” are now on display until November 22. The design showcases a pumpkin patch and many fall blooming mums decorating the front of Charlie’s house. The fall garden was designed by Botanical Center Lead Horticulturist, Todd Monson and detailed and artistic painting done by Botanical Center Events Coordinator, Pam Kline.

Along with the gardens, the Botanical Center will be displaying many scarecrows and pumpkins designed by metro area schools. Invitations to participate were sent to schools in August asking for scarecrows and pumpkins to be entered in a contest.  Winners will be announced at the end of October, with the winning school receiving gift cards to the Learning Post.

Throughout 2010, visitors to the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center will be welcomed with a new horticultural and educational experience as the gardens transform throughout the year, all inspired by popular children’s stories, including Dr. Seuss, Charlie Brown and Eric Carle books.

“Story Time in the Gardens” includes seven plant bed changes in the Dome – many bringing the stories alive with life-size props – educational activities, theme-related gift shop items, Riverwalk Café menu choices and special events, all inspired by children’s books. The theme continues into the Show House, with four unique, seasonal designs, and outside to the Herb Garden which is open May through September. Please visit the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center throughout the year to see each new garden.

The Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center is a family-friendly environment with plenty of free parking and wheel chair accessible. Admission is $5.00 adults, $4.00 for seniors, $3.00 for students, members and children under three are free. The Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Posted by: Todd Monson No Comments
Labels: , , , Posted in Botanical Center, Des Moines Botanical Center, Education, Parks October 10, 2010

Des Moines Water Works Using Social Media

You may wonder why a water utility would need more online presence than a website.  Des Moines Water Works’ (DMWW) social media endeavor is in alignment with our 2010-2014 Strategic Plan. We realize the way the world communicates has changed, and we want to be where our customers are. If that means participating in blogging, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we’re ready to be there.

Our management team is very much on board with this new initiative, and on this blog you’ll be hearing from many employees from every corner of our organization. From the treatment plants to the Botanical Center, to Water Works Park, we’re bringing the best insights from our people directly to you. We hope you enjoy this blog, and comment frequently. We’re listening.

What do we hope to accomplish?

  • Increase public awareness of the value of water
  • Promote stewardship of our natural resources
  • Post current DMWW news
  • Promote events at the Botanical Center and in the parks
  • Educate water consumers
  • Inform the public of our involvement and initiatives with various associations
  • Share pertinent information about the Utility (Did you know DMWW was recognized by Forbes in 2008 for having the highest quality drinking water in the USA?)
  • Attract qualified applicants, and
  • Interact with the community, residential and business customers, industry and government partners

We’re on Facebook as Des Moines Water Works, and Twitter at DSMH2O. Please join the conversation!

We welcome your feedback.  Are there topics of particular interest to you?  Let us know how we can improve service to you, our customers.

Posted by: Randy Beavers 3 Comments
Labels: , , , Posted in About Us, Customers, Des Moines Botanical Center, Des Moines Water Works Park, Education, History, Maffitt Reservoir, Public Policy, Value of Water October 9, 2010

Des Moines Botanical Center – Events and More

The Des Moines Botanical Center is a destination oasis in the middle of Des Moines. Besides the awesome view of the Des Moines River, the new Principal Riverwalk and a balmy getaway from the elements, the Botanical Center is able to host events of all kinds, and also has a great gift shop.

There is so much more to do at the Botanical Center than view the gardens.  If you’re a shopper, shop here.  If you like to enjoy a nice lunch with a beautiful view, dine here.  If you just got engaged and are planning your wedding and reception, book it here.  If you are looking for a place to hold an off-site meeting, meet here.  If you need food and beverage for a business or social event, cater through here.  If you are on your 20-year class reunion committee, plan your gathering here.  If you’re celebrating your son or daughter’s 5th birthday, celebrate here.

The Botanical Center’s Garden Gate Gift Shop, located in the lobby, carries some of the most unique gifts and local-made treasures you can find.  Our Riverwalk Café serves lunch daily, with the exception of Sundays, and offers a fantastic menu.  Great Midwestern Catering operates the Riverwalk Café and can cater your next business or social function.  The Botanical Center’s various rental facilities offer affordable options for your next business or social event.  A scenic location on the east bank of the Des Moines River, easy access to I-235, ample free parking and handicapped accessibility combine to make the Des Moines Botanical Center one of the most popular places to hold an event in the Metro area!

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