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Leaves take center stage at Botanical Garden

Posted March 05, 2014 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, Iowa (March 4, 2014) –
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden unveiled a new exhibit over the weekend featuring the bold colors and patterns of leaves.  The exhibit called No Flowers, No Problem explores leaves as the most enduring botanical structures and a staple of strong garden design.  The Botanical Garden’s coleus collection is one of the centerpieces of the exhibit, on display in the conservatory and the Gardeners Show House.  The collection is the largest of its kind in the country with more than 625 varieties documenting the evolution of this popular bedding and container plant.

“The challenge with an exhibit like this is to inspire people in the absence of flowers,” says horticulture manager Kelly Norris.  “Sometimes flowers get all the credit, but the vibrancy of leaves is both exciting and beautiful and much longer lasting.”

The exhibit is part of regular seasonal programming at the Botanical Garden.  The new programming strategy launched last year as part of a new vision for the institution.  Flower show-style gardens pop up every six weeks throughout the year in the conservatory and Gardeners Show House.  Full descriptions of the show concepts and featured plants are posted at

No Flowers, No Problem is open through early April.  The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  More information about other upcoming events and programming can be found at

The Botanical Garden is located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major holidays. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for adults 65 and older, $3 for children ages 4-17 and free for members and children 3 and younger.

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