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A Tree for the Future


Give Someone the Ultimate Gift


Purchasing a tree is a unique way to honor a friend, family member or loved one, while also beautifying Des Moines for years to come.

Iowa Trees

Shade Trees:

Disease Resistant Elm, Ginko, Hackberry, Honeylocust, Kentucky Coffeetree, Oak (Burr, Red, Swamp White, White), Sweetgum, Tulip

Ornamental/Understory Trees:

Crabapple, Hawthorn, Hophornbean, Japanese Tree Lilac, Serviceberry

Conifer (Evergreen) Trees:

Bald Cypress, Balsam, Hemlock, Larch, White Pine, Norway Spruce

You Choose, We Plant!


Each tree can be purchased for $500. To purchase a tree, please click on the link below to pay by card, or download the form to send in with a check.  


You will be asked to provide your top three tree species, along with a requested

park, trail or city property.  A list of Des Moines Parks can be found HERE (excludes Cowles Commons, PappaJohn Sculpture Park & Botanical Gardens).


Trees are typically planted in the Spring and Fall. You will be notified when the available tree species, location and planting date are finalized by the City.


Please reach out to our Executive Director, Sarah, if you have any questions.

Ewing Park Lilac Program

Every spring for about two weeks, the Lilac Arboretum in Ewing Park comes alive with color. It is a spring tradition for most, to walk through the arboretum taking in the fragrant smell of the lilacs and enjoying the spectacular beauty. 


If you would like to contribute to lilacs to this specific park:

trio of lilacs can be purchased for $300 

Choice of color based on availability: white, pink, purple or multi-color

Lilacs are planted in the fall at Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road in Des Moines

Ewing Park Lilacs
Purple Lilacs
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The Friends of Des Moines Parks is a nonprofit 501c3 organization with a mission to preserve, protect, improve, and promote the use of Des Moines’ parks, greenways, and recreational programs for the benefit of all neighborhoods, residents, and visitors. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for replacing trees in the event that they are damaged due to normal wear and tear, natural disaster or vandalism. Please contact your tax professional to determine if your purchase is tax-deductible. 

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