Iowa Arbors & Botanicals Tour

Jun 02, 2017 08:30am -
Jun 03, 2017 12:00pm
Dallas Center & Des Moines, IA

Event Description

Region V Regional Meeting | Dallas Center & Des Moines, IA
Iowa Arbors & Botanicals Tour
Friday, June 2 - Saturday, June 3

Join Region V GWA members for two days of arbors, botanicals and more at two upcoming-and-coming Iowa institutions, The Brenton Arboretum and Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Events will also include a Connect Meeting and Trunk Show.   


Friday, June 2 | The Brenton Arboretum
25141 260th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063

11:00AM Registration & Networking
12:00PM Light Lunch


Program: "The Brenton Arboretum: Past, Present, & Future"

  • Speakers: Melissa Burdick, executive director, and Andy Schmitz, director of horticulture and general manager, The Brenton Arboretum
3:00PM (Optional) Tour of The Brenton Arboretum
  • Andy Schmitz will lead a tour of the Brenton with stops along the way (walking or riding options available)
4:00PM Depart Brenton Arboretum for Embassy Club West


GWA Connect Meeting, Middle Lounge of Embassy Club West
520 Market St, West Des Moines, IA 50266    515-244-9378

Saturday, June 3 | Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309


8:00AM Early Morning Photoshoot 
9:30AM Continental breakfast sponsored by Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden with welcome from Stephanie Jutila, president and CEO.

Program: "Plant Exploration at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden"

  • Speaker: Kelly Norris, director of horticulture


Region V Meeting

  • Led by Bill Johnson, Region V National Director
11:30AM Trunk Show & Door Prizes - Rita Perea, Region V Director


Group lunch in Trellis at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

  • Trellis will arrange for separate checks
  • Space limited to 15 members, first-come, first-serve
  • Many lunch options are also available in the Historic East Village and Downtown Des Moines



Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines
205 S 64th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Our event hotel will be close to our Region V Connect meeting. Enjoy the following amenities at the Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines:

  • Special GWA room rate of $109 per night for a King room for both June 1 and June 2.
  • Coupon for complimentary breakfast buffet (with omelet bar) will be issued at check in.

Two easy ways to reserve your hotel room:

  1. Call  the hotel front desk directly at (515) 223-0571. Mention GWA and use the code: GWR
  2. Click here to use our Hilton Garden Inn/GWA link and enter the code GWR

Register soon…Hotel room block reserved until May 11, 2017. 

Event Partners

  • Bailey Nursery, Inc.
  • The Brenton Arboretum
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Questions? Contact a member of your GWA Region V Leadership team:

Registration Deadlines

  • Early Registration: Friday, May 5
  • Regular Registration: Friday, May 26

Cancelation Policy
Cancelation requests received in writing by Friday, May 19 will be subject to a 25% cancelation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made after Friday, May 19. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties.


Event Type:Education
Category:Regional Meeting
Early registration ends on May 05, 2017.
Regular registration starts on May 06, 2017 and ends on May 26, 2017.
Late registration starts on May 27, 2017.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $45.00$55.00$55.00
Non-Member Fee: $65.00$75.00$75.00
Member Fee: $45.00$55.00$55.00
Non-Member Fee: $65.00$75.00$75.00