I loved the conservatory at The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, but my favorite area was the Gardener’s Show House. As I mentioned before, the show house was designed by Elvin McDonald. It was opened in 2007 and I think you will see how special it is.
I love the use of rustic and reclaimed items to display the plants.
Here are a few of the beautiful plants that were blooming the day I was there.
Around every corner, there is a bench or seat to rest upon, and just enjoy the solitude.
This greenhouse is a great example of how you can make a large garden seem smaller and more intimate with the use of pergolas and walls. Even old windows hanging from the pergola give one a feeling of being in a room. I was amazed at how each area was different, yet we were still in the same greenhouse.
And finally, the plant “bleachers” around the entire room are full of topiaries, the over 700 coleus varieties, amaryllis, orchids, and succulents. Absolutely amazing! If you are ever in Des Moines, you must stop and visit The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
And one last picture…..
What a great experience… I love the photo you took of your favorite author and the potted Amaryllis are to die for in the window display.
Thanks, Bren! It was a wonderful day! Fabulous plants and my favorite author!