Des Moines Botanical Garden

This is one of my favorites! It’s a beautiful memory I have of going to the Des Moines Botanical Garden when I was little. We didn’t go very many places, so this was a real treat.

The big glass dome filled with incredible plants and flowers was like a wonderland. I think part of my desire to travel the world came from reading the descriptions of the plants here and wanting to go see them in the wild.

About the series:

My new artwork series is a meditation on my childhood growing up off-the-grid in rural Iowa. My goal is to write a children’s book using this series of 20 paintings as the illustration for the book. Thank you to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation – BeWildReWild – Community Artist Grant for your generous support of my project.


Emily Lupita


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Danielle E says:

    Keep it up, Amiga!

    All this beauty and color…YOU did that. I remember going there as a young girl as well…with my family, a real treat. Felt a thousand miles away. My eyes were wide. It was so warm. My own street this morning is a bit like that. After a 24 hour rain, the sun is out, the colors are intense, the blooms are blooming, fragrant….ahhh.


    Sent from my iPad



    1. Thank you, Amiga! I’m so glad we share the memory of going to this beautiful place as kids.


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