City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2023 Neighborhood Flower Pickup

May 17th - 20th, 2023

The Neighborhood Flower Program, a greening/urban beautification program, was started 37 years ago as a partnership between the City of Des Moines and many of the officially recognized neighborhood associations. The program beautifies our community, builds relationships in neighborhoods, and adds value to our City.

Starting in fall, neighborhoods place orders for plant material. Orders are consolidated and placed and by late winter/early spring of the next year, staff and volunteers grow plants in our City Greenhouse from seedlings. Once grown, in May, the plants are moved out of the greenhouse for distribution throughout our City. They are then transplanted by staff and neighborhood volunteers into our public parks. Neighborhood plantings are then maintained throughout the growing season by neighborhood volunteers.

  • If you would like to volunteer to help set out flowers and help us prep for the big pickup days, use the password: flower
  • If you are a neighborhood/organization volunteer scheduling your order pickup (your approved neighborhood order was placed in fall 2022), use the password: pickup
  • If you are a volunteer helping plant in your neighborhood, please sign our volunteer waiver online by using the password: dsm

In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the Governor or Mayor, as such may be amended from time to time, and as public health guidelines evolve, for the safety of staff and the public, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel at any time. In addition, the Department reserves the right to change the registration requirements at any time. The Department will contact the volunteers as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes.

The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that the volunteer or any of the event attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. Volunteers and attendees use the City’s facility at their own risk.

There are no shifts available at this time.

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