United States of America, Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines
Sand Hill (Des Moines, Iowa)
Under development by the same owners since the early 1960s, Sand Hill provides a peaceful retreat from its surrounding urban environment. It combines features of the natural landscape with more formal elements developed near the home. Because of the owners' mutual enthusiasm for the architecture of gardens, they have created a green garden composed primarily of evergreen materials which lend themselves to this kind of design. Boxwood and topiary are used extensively as is sculpture in various shapes, sizes, and styles. Because of its focus on architecture and basic structure, the garden is of interest in all seasons.
Persons and firms associated with the property and garden include: Lorenzo and Christina Sims (former owners, 1849-1857); George Gray and George Bogenwright (former owners, 1857-1867); Matilda Mentzer (former owner, 1867-1908); the Bogenwright estate (former owner, 1867-1908); R. R. McCutchen (former owner, 1908-1910); Charles H. and Margaret Payton (former owners, 1908-1910); the Des Moines Land and Water Company (former owner, 1910-1919); the City of Des Moines (former owner, 1919-1952); Mack, Inc. (former owner, 1952-1953); Harold and Janette Kellogg (former owners, 1953); Charles R. and Janet Falconer (former owners, 1953); Ralph and Sylvia Green (former owners, 1953-1961); Harold and Kate Goldman (former owners, 1953-1961); Harold Parnham (site planner, 1955); Carl Winkler (architect, 1962); John Bloodgood & Associates (architects, 1975); Don Swanson (architect, 1988); Elizabeth Howerton, ALA (landscape architect, 1972); Shirley Wyrick (sculptor, 1978); Doug Conroy (sculptor, 1992); Lynda M. Chase; (photographer, 1989); Paul Dunlap (landscape architect, 1978); Randy Frantz (landscape contractor, 1978); Frank and John McNew (stonemasons, 1978); and Leonard and Fred Grove (stonemasons, 1989).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden plans, a detailed narrative history and description of the garden, brochures, and photocopies of articles and images of and about the garden and its sculpture.
Garden has been featured in the Des Moines Register, May 21, 1983
Garden has been featured in Starla Smith, "Shirley Wyrick: 'You Can Do Anything You Want'," Iowa City Press-Citizen, August 24, 1978, p. 9A