The Ruan Reflection Garden, located in the heart of the property, offers seating, shade and respite while serving as an attractive link for the Ruan Allée, Principal Belvedere, Koehn Garden and future gardens that will be built to the east and north.
This ellipse-shaped area is bookended by 12-foot-tall sky frames, with a reflection pool and fountain in the middle. This contemplative garden space is formed by a native American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana) hedge that encircles 34 katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) with heart-shaped leaves that turn reddish yellow and emit a sweet scent akin to cotton candy in autumn. The garden was designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects of Chicago and constructed by Des Moines-based Neumann Brothers.
The Ruan Reflection Garden is made possible through the generosity of Janis and John Ruan III and the John Ruan Foundation.