St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.


Meets once (and occasionally twice) a month — usually 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday — from spring to fall to tour gardens or nurseries, listen to speakers, learn, & share.

Facilitator:  Mary Miller, 

St. John's 2018 Gardening Schedule

We hope you can join the St. John’s Gardening Group for some of the following tours.  Friends and neighbors are always welcome.


Thursday, May 17:        6:30 pm         “Fertilize Your Creativity”—Tina Krug from Red Fern Landscape will present a program in Weertz Fellowship Hall.  You will enjoy this fun creative gardening program and get some ideas as well!  See you there!

Tuesday, June 12:         6:30 pm        “Townhome Gardening” tour—Carol Dittmer, Lina Severs, and Jacque Warming.  (12710 Madison Avenue, Urbandale.) Join us for a 3-fold tour to see “townhome” gardening at the Timberline Cottages.  Lina and Carol say a townhome garden is a MUCH SMALLER version of what they used to have.  Because they both enjoy gardening, they continue to plant some of their favorite flowers in smaller spaces.  Lina has beautiful zinnias along her white picket fence.  Her favorite garden plaque, in French, is “We are closer to God in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”  Carol has a lot of perennials and some from her family.  She has container flowers, garden statuary, and two water features.  Jacque has several garden sculptures among potted plants.


Tuesday, July 10:          11:00 am       Lunch and Outdoor Tour of our Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines) – Tour Guide Dennis Zaabel will give us an outdoor garden tour at 11:00 followed by lunch at the Trellis Café.  The outdoor gardens are constantly changing so it will be fun to see what is blooming in July.  Reservations will be needed for lunch.  E-mail  Mary at by July 3.


Saturday, August 4:     10:00 am  “Art in the Garden” at the Polk County Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens (92nd and Dewey Gibbs Road, Urbandale).  This free event runs 9-3 but we will meet at 10:00 to enjoy the flowers in the gardens as well as view some of the artists’ garden art for sale.


Thursday, August 30:  6:00 pm       Grade A Gardens Tour (9050 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston, IA)                                                Grade A Gardens grows certified organic fruits and vegetables on 7 acres in Johnston, Iowa. What began as a gourmet garlic farm, Grade A Gardens now markets through a CSA, the Downtown Des Moines Farmers Market, and Des Moines’ finest restaurants and specialty grocers.  Whitney Brewer, member of our congregation (Janie Clemensen’s granddaughter), and Jordan Clasen will give a tour of the fruit and vegetable farm and talk about the CSA.  A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a unique partnership between consumers and farmers.  Members purchase a share at the beginning of the season in exchange for a weekly supply of fresh seasonal and organic produce.  Hope you can join us for this most interesting last tour of the season.  (Go to  for more information.)

Please join us for any or all of the tours!


 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America