The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s exhibit, The Holiday Exhibition, is now open. It is a new tradition celebrating hundreds of amaryllis against the backdrop of the newly renovated conservatory. The exhibition was unveiled at the Botanical Garden’s sold-out Champagne and Chocolate gala on Nov. 22, and runs through Jan. 5.
The Holiday Exhibition is one of two seasonal exhibitions throughout the year, in addition to regularly changing exhibits in the conservatory and the North Gallery. "The exhibition model gives us a compelling reason to invite people back to the garden again and again," says horticulture manager Kelly Norris. "Each of these programming opportunities spotlights an artistic concept through the interpretive medium of a garden."
Beyond the conservatory, indoor horticulture teems throughout the building. The Gardeners Show House features a railroad garden, a first for the institution, built in collaboration with the Polk County Master Gardeners and the Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society. Amaryllis and paperwhites are on sale in the Garden Shop, the newly opened retail space that’s fast becoming a go-to destination for gardening books, work by Iowa artists and designer jewelry.
In addition to dynamic horticulture, the Botanical Garden continues to host artists in the North Gallery that showcases work on botanical themes. Through Jan. 10, Wisconsin-based photographer Mark Hirsch’s work is featured in "That Tree." Hirsch’s exhibit features 20 evocative images from his book "That Tree," a yearlong photo journal documenting an ancient bur oak tree. Hirsch’s book documents the chronology of the seasons and his personal journey through the lens of his iPhone. His book is for sale in the Garden Shop.