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.

Staff Liaison:
Darla Stiles


St. John's 2016 Gardening Schedule

Mark these dates on your calendar and join us for as many of these garden tours as possible and bring friends to enjoy them as well!

Tuesday, May 10,  6:00 pm, "Beyond Landscaping" Robyn Hofland will come to St. John's and talk about garden design and how to take the garden to the next creative level to make it personally yours.  Plan to join us in Neumann to kick off our 2016 gardening tour season.

Saturday, June 11, 8:30 am, Tour Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska  (100 Bancroft Street, Omaha.)  Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden.  Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Omaha.  Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum of unique four-season plant displays.  The gardens contain over 100 acres of flower and plant displays from around the world.

Meet at St. John's at 8:30 am to carpool to Omaha.  When we arrive, we will take a tram tour (approximately 1 hour) around the gardens, then have lunch before taking time on our own to explore areas where you would like to spend more time.  Reservations and payment must be made ahead by May 21  (RSVP to Darla at  or pay online at )  Cost:  $24 (includes admission, tram tour, and lunch).  Sharing of gas expenses for the driver will be extra.

Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 pm  Tour the Gardens of America/Men's Garden Club of Des Moines in Johnston, Iowa (5560 Merle Hay Road, Johnston.)  The national headquarters for Gardens of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America is located on a two-acre plot maintained by volunteers and showcases a variety of annual and perennial gardens and trees, plus a gazebo, waterfalls and archway.  Join us for a tour of their gardens.

Thursday, August 11, 7:00 pm, Tour the Demonstration Garden in Urbandale (Corner of Dewy Gibbs Road and 92nd Street) --the oldest Polk County Extension Master Gardener project.  This botanical gem is a nearly secret garden.  The Demonstration Garden opens with a lovely rose garden accompanied by dwarf conifers and unfolds into two orchards, herb gardens, small fruits, native grasses, various pavers, trellising and many demonstration gardens full of creative ideas and horticulture information.  The emphasis here is on learning; the bonus is the beauty that abounds.  They hold Thursday evening classes free--just bring a lawn chair.


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