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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Offers great view of downtown Des Moines area

Short visit due to heat/humidity of mid-July. Enjoyed the view of the city. Would like to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rossville, Indiana
Relaxing and scenic

Just before our Hectic week in Des Moines we stoped off at the gardens for some sightseeing. Glad... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“scavenger hunt”(12 reviews)
“water garden”(5 reviews)
“trellis cafe”(5 reviews)
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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909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
+1 515-323-6290
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Short visit due to heat/humidity of mid-July. Enjoyed the view of the city. Would like to see directional signs and plant labels.

Thank SheilaIN2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank m8trix_the_gnome
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank suedo66
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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. Friendly staff. Nice...More

Thank Adventurer2day
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

1  Thank Bossybumpkins815
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

The dome is a miniature version of the biodomes of the Eden Project in Cornwall (the UK), it’s tiny but very beautiful, it’s well taken care of, and a good variety of plants is displayed. The tour will not take you more than an hour...More

1  Thank tosiapuccini
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

The gardens are beautiful. We spent about an hour exploring. This is a great place to take photos. It would be a great venue for an engagement or weddings and photos.

1  Thank Christine M
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Took my 86 year old mother here on our way back from Yellowstone last week. Wheel chair accessible which was great. Had lunch at the in-house restaurant. Nice variety of plants and flowers. Its a good stop to spend a couple hours if your going...More

1  Thank Don R
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We went for lunch at Trellis which is in the gardens and it was very nice in a great setting. Towards the end of July was not the best time to visit the gardens but it was still nice and not too big to walk...More

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14 July 2018|
Response from Reader95 | Reviewed this property |
Just service animals
Nancy C
20 October 2017|
Response from init4keeps | Reviewed this property |
Call them Monday and ask. When I was there, I didn't see any.
9 September 2016|
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Response from Kimberly D | Reviewed this property |
Members. Free Adults. $8 Seniors. $7 Military. $7 Kids(4-17). $6 Kids 3+U. Free