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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Opens in 28 min: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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A compact but awesome garden in the heart of downtown. The interior is covered by a dome with nice... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2018
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Exceeds! Surprisingly unique!

The water garden water lillies shocked us. We thought there were large groups of metal pads in the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Rock R
Alpharetta, Georgia
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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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909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
+1 515-323-6290
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Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

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

Thank socratesa
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Rock R
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Make sure you stop in their cafe. The food is sourced locally and well prepared. The menu changes often depending on the food that's in season. The staff is super friendly!

Thank 63debram
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Love the waterfall and the huge water garden in this park. Interesting art museum features a artist.

Thank Marie B
Reviewed 21 September 2018

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 12 September 2018 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 11 September 2018

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 20 August 2018

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 20 August 2018

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

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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