August 8, 2012 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, IA — The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has been awarded a $980,000 Vision Iowa grant to transform the Des Moines Botanical Center into the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The Vision Iowa Board voted unanimously in support of the funding at its August 8 board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. This grant is a significant contribution to the Phase I capital campaign goal of $11.6 million.
The grant comes at a key point in time for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, as the non-profit prepares to take on the Botanical Center operations as of January 1, 2013 and break ground on the expansions in the spring of 2013. The Phase I transformations are anticipated to be complete in the summer of 2014.
The master plan for the garden was approved on June 11, 2012by the Des Moines City Council. The City Council’s approval gives the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden the green light for design development of Phase I enhancements.
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.