Patty Jischke Children’s Garden
Garden Features & Mission
With agriculture as its theme, the Children’s Garden contains elements reminiscent of Iowa’s agricultural heritage. Features include a hideout, a maze, tumbling mounds, a butterfly bench, and a stock tank with hand pumps to squirt water at unsuspecting friends. Hangout in the amphitheater that often features youth programs. Or walk through the covered bridge and say, “Hello” to the bronzed sculpture “Shep”, the barnyard dog. Remember to rub Shep’s nose for good luck!
A woody buffer between the Children’s Garden and South Field, to showcase trees with interesting leaves and bark.
Garden features: mixed planting bed, shaded area
Prominent plants: Fox Valley Birch
Class of 2000 Scarecrow Garden
Colorful annual plantings bring our yearly theme to the Children’s Garden.
Garden features: annual plants, raised bed, open lawn, water feature
Amphitheater & Plaza
Tiered outdoor seating surrounded by a wild pollinator garden.
Garden features: Corn Crib, Kaleidoscope, native plants, annual containers
Prominent plants: Flame Willow, Buttonbush
A covered bridge crosses the shallow streambed, allowing play both in and above the water.
Garden features: Wading Stream, Frog fountains, covered bridge
Evelyn G. Stempel Maze Garden
Lose yourself in the tall grasses and prairie plants that surround the raised woden path.
Garden features: Maze, Native plants, boardwalk
Prominent plants: Queen of the Prairie, Arborvitae
The open lawn of the South Buffer gives our younger guests a place to run, chase, and tumble.
Garden features: tumbling mounds, Shep, Hideout, open lawn
Prominent plants: Chinkapin Oaks