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Fall bulb mart pops up in Des Moines neighborhoods

Posted September 11, 2013 in Des Moines West, Downtown, Community Web Exclusives, Johnston, West Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (September 11, 2013) –

The Botanical Garden will present its 6th annual Fall Bulb Mart, produced by the Friends of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, in a new format this year.  The pop-up retail format will present a curated collection of fine bulbs for fall planting.  Bulbs will be sold at four locations around the metro, including Merle Hay Mall, Johnston Farmers Market, Valley Junction Farmers Market and the Botanical Garden parking lot.

The Bulb Mart is an annual tradition, started by the Friends to promote underutilized and deer-resistant bulbs to central Iowa gardeners.  Daffodils, ornamental onions and fritillaries are top choices for deer-resistant plantings, while tulips, crocuses and hyacinths are great for container gardens or fenced areas.  Gardeners will also enjoy exclusive access to ‘Elvin’s Voice’ daffodil, a 2013 introduction from world-renowned daffodil breeders Brent and Becky Heath named in honor of retired botanical garden ambassador Elvin McDonald.  To ensure fair distribution, customers will be limited to five bulbs each.  A downloadable presale order form is available on the Botanical Garden’s website at this link:

The Bulb Mart will take place on the following dates at these locations:

September 22 Noon-5 p.m., Merle Hay Mall

September 24 3:30-6:30 p.m., Johnston Farmers Market

September 26 4-8 p.m., Valley Junction Farmers Market

September 28 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Botanical Garden Parking Lot

More information about the Bulb Mart and its offerings is available at  High resolution images available upon request.


About Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning.  After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River.  Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now.  The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo of Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.

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