Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center received a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1994, thanks to a major gift donated by the DMFGC. Club involvement with the Art Center spans decades and continues today.

Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside

Many of the gardens at Camp Sunnyside were developed by DMFGC. The camp serves the recreational needs of campers with disabilities.

Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum

DMFGC raised funds for the creation of this northeast Iowa national treasure, dedicated in 1961 and contributed to the Iowa National Heritage Foundation of the purchase of an adjacent 1,045-acre woodland in 2000.

Fleur Drive Landscaping

Des Moines Founders Garden Club and its members played an integral role in the beatification of Fleur Drive, the gateway between the Des Moines International Airport and downtown Des Moines. In 2003, DMFGG donated $11,000 to the project using funds raised from its annual Garden Walk. The $2 million project took approximately four years to complete.

Gray’s Lake

Funds were donated to the city of Des Moines to transform the area surrounding Gray’s Lake into a recreational area.

Japanese Bell of Peace and Friendship

DMFGC members helped with the site, platform, and plantings for the ceremonial Japanese Bell of Friendship and Peace, located on the Iowa State Capitol grounds.

Lillian Swartzell Funds

DMFGC members served with others to make yearly recommendations to the city on how to use the funds generated by the estate of a former teacher for perennial plantings.