In a few months, the Des Moines Botanical Center, an iconic fixture in the Des Moines landscape, will begin to transform to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Under the care and management of Des Moines Water Works since 2004, the Garden’s management will transition to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit on January 1, 2013.
Over the course of the summer, the City of Des Moines has relined the sanitary sewer between the University Avenue and I-235 bridges in preparation for the transformation of the facility. The City has also been in the process of relocating and enhancing the John Pat Dorrian Bike Trail in the Botanical Garden’s vicinity. The new trail will have riverside views and the benefit of a 10-foot-wide trail and generous shoulders. The bike trail will be completed later this year.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s phase one improvements to the facility will be underway from early 2013 through late summer 2014, in order to plant the expanded landscape at the most optimal time for the plants. The building improvements will include a new café overlooking a terrace and water garden, a new garden shop and reconfigured lobby, an office suite for the staff, and upgraded meeting and rental spaces. The phase one exterior additions will include a shade tree allee, a celebration event lawn surrounded by gardens, a water garden and a series of specialty gardens. The expanded landscape will have a diverse plant palette and year-round interest.
During the transformation, the geodesic domed conservatory will remain open from January-June 2013. From July through the early part of September, the facility will be closed to the public as the garden’s interior and exteriors are transformed.
Be sure to mark your calendars for some of the beloved programs that you have grown to anticipate including: A Celebration of Champagne and Chocolate on November 16, 6:00-8:00 pm; Botanical Blues from 1:00-3:00 pm, every Sunday in January and February; Learn on Saturday Lectures from 10:00 am-12:00 pm every Saturday in January, February and March; along with seasonal floral displays, and so much more.
If you are interested in supporting the transformations of the Botanical Garden or becoming a member of the Garden, please contact the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s Membership and Development Manger, Amanda Jordan at (515) 323-6265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.