June 1, 2012 – Des Moines, IA
By Stephanie Jutila, President and CEO
We are within sight of the transformation from the Des Moines Botanical Center to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
A year into the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s “A New Beginning” Capital Campaign, we have raised $10.1 million towards our current goal of $11.6 million. In addition, $645,000 per year in operational support has been secured for the first 10 years from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines.
In the past few months the design for the Botanical Garden has evolved from a Vision Plan to a robust Master Plan embracing the borrowed landscape of downtown Des Moines and the Des Moines River, while fully utilizing our 14-acre parcel of land.
The Master Plan was submitted to the City of Des Moines earlier this spring and has moved through the committee approval process, with stops at Urban Design Review, Planning and Zoning and Parks and Recreation before moving on to the City Council. The Master Plan was approved at the June 11 City Council meeting.
This gives the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden the green light to proceed with the design development of the Phase I enhancements.
The lease with the City of Des Moines begins on January 1, 2013, and Phase I construction begins in early 2013.
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.