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PERSPECTIVE: Fall in the Anderson Sculpture Garden

Posted on 11/23/2020 at 03:00 PM by Ellen Sattler

In the past few months, the Anderson Sculpture Garden has seen many changes. Mulch has been put down to freshen the garden beds. Six new metal sculptures by the sculptor Chuck Ginnever have been added to the garden surrounding Morrill Hall, including Cobra, Midas and Fog, Slant Rhyme #22, Untitled 1968, Walkabout, and Slant Rhyme #20.

The installation of these sculptures resulted in some shrubs being removed, providing more space to add plants. 'Tor' Birchleaf Spireas were added to this space, and one last perennial order was completed for the season. This included Gaura, Salvia, Goat's Beard, and Lady's Mantle, among others. 

Spring-flowering bulbs were also ordered, including rock garden iris, crocus, daffodil, tulip, allium, and checkered lily. All 510 bulbs have been planted in the garden, so look for a big, bright pop of color next spring, as many of these flower in the months of April, May, and June!

Some final transplants were made, like moving Rattlesnake Master plants out of the rose bed (by Gwynn Murrill's Bighorn) and planting them near Christian Petersen's Panthers since this plant fits well with the "wild" theme created there. Most recently the work in the garden has been focused on preparing it for winter. Herbaceous plants have been cut back as they die, annuals are removed, and brush is collected to keep the garden looking tidy during the dormant season until spring begins again.

~ Ellen Sattler, Anderson Sculpture Garden intern

IMAGE: Cobra, 1984 by Charles Ginnever. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Kohs. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

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