Northern & Central Midwest
Shows & Events
Community Garden Annual Conference
The goal of the Des Moines Community Garden Coalition's annual conference on March 12 and 13 is to inspire citizens to create artistic public landscape projects and to teach educators ways to integrate art and gardens into their curriculum. Gardeners, artists, educators, and anyone interested in public green spaces (including schools, community centers, parks, libraries, and other not-for-profits) will receive ideas and resources to use public green spaces for artistic expression. The conference will be at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines. For information and registration, call (515) 323-8907, or fax (515) 237-1407, or e-mail TLDawson@dmgov.org
Favorite or New Plant
I've just discovered a beautiful plant -- stromanthe (Stromanthe sanguinea) -- which is a houseplant here and a landscape plant in the tropics. It's in the prayer plant family so the leaves are held in fans and tend to move upward at night. The waxy green upper leaf surface is attractive enough, but the undersides are deep maroon, making the plant a beautiful color addition to the garden. It does have striking flowers, but it must have absolutely the right conditions and regular fertilization to produce them. It does well in medium to low light, and thrives as long as the temperatures remain around 70 degrees. Also, the soil should be kept evenly moist.