Ruan Reflection Garden Opens To The Public

A reflection pool and fountain highlight the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s newest area, the Ruan Reflection Garden. Photo: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has opened its newest garden, the Ruan Reflection Garden, located in the heart of the property.

With a reflection pool and fountain as the focus, the contemplative, ellipse-shaped area is bookended by 12-foot-tall sky frames. A native American hornbeam hedge encircles 34 katsura trees 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.

Part of the Botanical Garden’s master site plan, the garden was made possible through contributions from Janis and John Ruan III and the John Ruan Foundation. In addition to seating and shade, the new area helps link the surrounding gardens, including the Ruan Allée, Principal Belvedere and Koehn Garden.

“This new space provides an important connection for current and future gardens, while creating a complete circuit so guests can link from one garden to the next without retracing their steps,” Azure Christensen, director for philanthropy for the Botanical Garden, said in a release.

A ceremonial grand opening will take place at a later date. See the garden for yourself, virtually, in this video.

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