2019 Merit Award
Des Moines, IA
Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects
In 2008, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden sought to reinvent itself as a premier cultural institution that would explore, explain, and celebrate plants and horticulture. With this mission as their guide, the organization set out to update its facilities by building a new garden that would showcase the site’s natural landscape making the science of researching, cultivating, and engaging with plants a public experience.
Hoerr Schaudt’s design vision for the garden introduced a series of outdoor rooms that bring together the existing geodesic dome, the natural river edge, and the Des Moines skyline to create a destination highlighting the horticultural arts. An elegant sequence of spaces unfolds via a network of pathways, a new pond, and a cascading water feature. The chosen plants and artwork interject these spaces with bold shapes, colors, and textures creating a garden can be open year-round, with blooms and programming happening in all seasons.