United States of America, Iowa, Polk County, Clive
Shetland Run (Clive, Iowa)
Created from a barren clay development site purchased in 1991, Shetland Run is now a lush half-acre garden featuring a cascading stream, sheltering trees, and curved stone paths. Abundant annuals and perennials mixed with ornamental grasses provide striking color and form throughout the year.
Hardscaping elements include limestone paths, stone walls, a wood deck, a stone terrace, and an extensive water feature comprised of a stream with ponds and waterfalls. An open air pavilion which provides sheltered seating serves as the focal point of the garden. Densely planted trees and shrubs provide privacy and the large water feature buffers neighborhood noise, creating a secluded environment known throughout the neighborhood as "the secret garden."
Entities associated with the garden include: Ted Lare Design Build (landscape designer, 1991-2012).
The folder includes worksheets, articles, and reference images of the undeveloped property and early stages of landscaping.
This property is featured in "A Place to Relax," in an Easy Garden Makeovers edition of Garden Gate Specials, pp. 68-79; "Think Big," by Jim Childs in Garden Gate, issue 83 (October 2008), pp. 32-37; "Garden Party helps homeless," by Jane Schorer Meisner in The Des Moines Register, June 14, 2010; and "Garden turned from drab to dazzling," by Tom Perry in the The Des Moines Register, June 16, 2010