BOTANICAL GARDEN: Grant Edges Expansion Goal

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The Des Moines Botanical Center has gotten more funding to aid in the expansion into the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Vision Iowa voted unanimously to award $980,000 to the Center, so they can begin their expansion project.

The non-profit, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is set to take over operations of the botanical center in January 2013 when the expansion is expected to begin.  Des Moines Water Works had overseen operations of the garden since 2004.

In June, the Des Moines City Council approved the project, which promises new outdoor seasonal gardens, a water garden, a tree-lined walkway, botany lab, a new cafe, an event lawn for weddings and festivals, and a reworked parking lot.

The first phase of the project is expected to cost $11.6 million. The center has seen significant community support, and this most recent grant will put them nearer to that goal.

“The true success of the garden will be when local residents and visitors make repeat visits to the Botanical Garden throughout the year to experience the seasonal evolutions of the gardens,” said Stephanie Jutila, President and CEO of the Garden.

They expect to complete the phase one transformations by summer 2014.

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