November 1, 2012 – Des Moines, IA
By Stephanie Jutila, President and CEO
January 1, 2013 marks a new era for the Des Moines Botanical Center. After years of planning, feasibility studies and lobbying, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will take on the leadership, management and care of the nearly 14-acreparcel of land in the heart of the city.
Nearly a year and a half into the Des Moines Botanical Garden’s “A New Beginning” Capital Campaign we are closing in on the $11.6 million Phase I goal. When the campaign launched in early 2011, the plan for the exterior gardens was quite simple with an allee of trees and an adjacent event lawn. Since December 2011 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden leadership has worked diligently to expand the plan to include a wider variety of gardens that will deliver rich and diverse
horticultural experiences for visitors.
As a result, the $11.6 million investment in Phase I is just the beginning of the resources we
will need to fully transform the Garden. The master plan will be completed over the next
several years and in multiple phases.
Over the course of the summer we have been progressing through the schematic design phase as we further define the design and details of the garden spaces. The images shown above and on the back highlight a few of the new garden spaces.
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.