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Reputed for its huge collection of the Midwest's ornamental and native plants, this 14-acre center bordering the Des Moines River features a domed conservatory that houses over 1000 varieties of exotic plants from throughout the world. The center...more
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A compact but awesome garden in the heart of downtown. The interior is covered by a dome with nice design & selection. A waterfall inside & one outside are focal points. Pretty views of river & city! A must see for people who enjoy a...More
The water garden water lillies shocked us. We thought there were large groups of metal pads in the garden. They were 3 feet wide and real. The variety of coleus (over 50) gave us garden ideas. There is a good indoor (atrium) area and outdoor...More
Just before our Hectic week in Des Moines we stoped off at the gardens for some sightseeing. Glad we did because it was extremely scenic and relaxing . Even for my hyper 12 year old who found the gardens enjoyable.
I visited in December and it was a completely different visit in September. You should visit each season to enjoy the changes. The orchids were of course, gorgeous... The outside lawn area displays are colorful and worth a visit. When you go - pay special...More
We were super impressed with the Des Moines botanical gardens.The giant dome with the "conservancy" group was very impressed--but we expected that. But what we really loved was the giant water garden with hugh floating water lily pads and floral groups in the water--see photo--these...More
You won't be disappointed in their collection. Beautiful flowers, plants, separate section for bonsai, numerous lilies inside, and outside-some of the largest ever.
Nice waterfall element in the outside gardens, which has a seat to take in the view and serene environment.
Loved checking out each 'room' of flowers; got to sit behind the water feature and enjoy the outdoor lawn area; then walked the river and enjoyed the views of the city. Stopped here enroute from airport to my East Village hotel, a great introduction and...More