About Us

What we doInstruct, Inspire & Protect

The purpose of the Des Moines Founders Garden Club is to instruct the public on horticultural subjects and stimulate interest in the beautification of geographical areas by active and progressive gardening. We stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs, aid in the protection of native trees, plants, and birds, and encourage civic planning.

The Des Moines Founders Garden Club is a proud member of the Garden Club of America


Every year we provide financial and volunteer assistance for various horticultural programs. Learn More

Smithsonian Gardens

We document local gardens for inclusion into the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens. Learn More

Partners for Plants

A joint restoration program bewteen the GCA Conservation and Horticulture Committees. Learn More


Our Photography Committee promotes the art and science of photography at all skill levels. Learn More

 2019Charitable Donations

Past Donations
  • Brenton Arboretum

    $200 for the Brenton Arboretum Learn More

  • EveryStep Community Garden

    $2,000 for EveryStep’s Community Garden Learn More

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument

    $500 for the Effigy Mounds National Monument Learn More

  • Friends of Neal Smith Prairie Learning Center

    $200 for the Friends of Neal Smith Prairie Learning Center Learn More

  • GCA Scholarship Fund

    $500 for the GCA Scholarship Fund

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

    $200 for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Learn More

  • Iowa Arboretum

    $4,261 for the Iowa Arboretum Learn More

  • Iowa Environmental Council

    $200 for the Iowa Environmental Council. Learn More

  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

    $200 for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Learn More

History & DesignSmithsonian Gardens

Over the years, the DMFGC Garden History and Design Committee has documented and photographed local gardens for submission to the Garden Club of America for inclusion in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens.

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Partners for Plants

ConservationPartners for Plants

Partners for Plants is a joint program of The Garden Club of America’s Conservation and Horticulture Committees to monitor and conserve rare plants, restore native habitats and remove invasive weeds on federal, state and local public lands.

What We've Done

Working dogs and their handlers were used to locate and map Asclepias verticillata “whorled milkweed” throughout the 8,000 plus acres of the Refuge. Ongoing support continues through seed collection, seed cleaning, and transplanting native plants.

How It Works

Coordinated by a GCA club, each Partners for Plants project is as unique as the group undertaking the task. Volunteers work with professional botanists and land managers who supervise activities and share their knowledge and expertise.

PhotographyFurthering the knowledge and love of gardening.

The DMFGC Photography Committee furthers the knowledge and love of gardening and the natural landscape through photography. It promotes the art and science of photography at all skill levels through education and provides training and help in documenting GCA meetings and events.

Tulips, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Poppy, Des Moines Founders Garden Club, member’s garden
Shetland Run, Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens

Garden Club of America & Zone XI

We are proud to recognize our members and community volunteers in the areas of education, service, and design.

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