Welcome to Perennial Divide

Plant material is needed for the annual Perennial Divide. Last fall over 400 plants were donated from homes that were transplanted into Parks, Schools and non-profit organizations. We need your help again this fall.

Fall Perennial Divide

Over the last 20 years, the Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has accepted plant donations from the public to be planted in City parks and neighborhood community gardens. In 2019, over 600 plants were received from donations, which were planted by groups such as Highland Park Garden Club, Des Moines Public Libraries, and Bidwell Riverside.

By cleaning out your garden, and donating your plants to the Parks and Recreation Department, this will help renew it and help beautify Des Moines public spaces. Residents who are donating plant material are asked to label their plants and identify its sun requirements, height, and color of flower. No donation is too small. We welcome plants of all kinds including perennials, bulbs, ground covers, ornamental grasses, shrubs, seeds and bulbs.

Donations will be accepted at the City greenhouse starting Friday, September 20th, and ending at noon Saturday, September 21st. Non-profit groups that have been confirmed to receive donations can pick up plants on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The general public is asked to bring plant donations to:

Chesterfield Community Center - 2501 SE Maury (map)

  • Friday, September 20th, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 21st, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are a group that is interested in receiving plant material or any additional information on the Neighborhood Flower Program or the Perennial Divide, please contact Julie Hempel, Des Moines Park and Recreation Department at 515/248-6384 or flowers@dmgov.org.