April 12, 2016 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 12, 2016) –
For over three years, visitors to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden have often wondered what happened to the popular bonsai collection formerly on display outside the conservatory. Now, thanks to a new gallery space with furnishings designed by local architect Michael Simonson, eight specimens are on public display, including two new donations from local bonsai enthusiast Helene Magruder.
“I want the Botanical Garden to have good trees,” says Magruder of her gift, which includes a juniper shown in 2015 at the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition. “The collection has gotten good care because of the Garden’s incredible staff.”
“People love bonsai and we’re thrilled to be able to bring them back for public display after investing in their restoration and care the last few years,” says Kelly Norris, director of horticulture. “Many of these trees have been with the building since 1979, and have spent decades in training.”
The new bonsai gallery is located just beyond the entrance to the outdoor gardens. Visitors can view the trees in the open air or through the gallery windows from the conservatory. The Botanical Garden opened its outdoor gardens for the 2016 season on April 2. More information about upcoming events and programming, as well as admission hours and rates can be found online at dmbotanicalgarden.com.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, 14-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Guided byamission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, the Botanical Garden cultivates a signature guest experience through progressive garden design and innovative programming. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution.