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Victorian Garden
The Hitchcock-Kountze Victorian Garden combines dramatic characteristics of both English and Victorian gardens. Architectural remnants from razed Omaha and Council Bluffs buildings are prominently featured throughout this perennial garden.

Upon entering the walled garden, two terra cotta ladies’ faces, salvaged from an historical building within the metropolitan area, as well as a centrally located reflecting pool, are visible. The walls of the garden are constructed of brick with pre-cast limestone caps, consistent with the materials of the period. Ornamental iron also is a dominant feature.

The plantings in the center of the garden are formal; while the perimeter borders are casual. The central garden is sunken to emphasize the formal beds. The floral design changes seasonally, presenting annual plantings in geometric configurations. The border plantings include predominantly perennial flowers but also shrubs, vines and annual accents that allow them to establish personalities of their own. Garden treasures such as pots, urns and salvaged balustrades are incorporated throughout the area.

Centered over the main walkway at the north end of the garden, is a rough stone arbor. The arbor directs the visitor either into the walled garden or out of the gardens, beginning their journey to other sites on the grounds.
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