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Address: Des Moines, IA
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Description: Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty...
Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
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Unique offering in Des moines

There is a very small window of time every week to actually see this attraction but it's worth it if you enjoy exceptional gardening and unique flora. Great place to sit and eat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2014
Steve C
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vernon NY
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vernon NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There is a very small window of time every week to actually see this attraction but it's worth it if you enjoy exceptional gardening and unique flora. Great place to sit and eat your lunch, hard to believe it sits in the middle of downtown.

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Wichita, Kansas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We attended Better Homes and Gardens Cooking Experience dinner. This inaugural event, paired with an all day series of cooking classes was a delight. The hospitality was top notch and service excellent. The wine pairings with our dinner were delicious. It was truly an honor to be part of this special event and hope to have future chances to be... More 

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Metropolitan Philadelphia, PA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This garden is nice but not exceptional. It is open to the public only 2 hours a week from noon to 2 pm on Fridays. Plants are well labeled but the garden is challenging to find, especially since a security officer in an adjacent magazine building sent me in the wrong direction. I'm glad I visited because if I missed... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My brother, sister and I visited the gardens. They are more "plant people" than I am, so they did have questions and they said the people there answered them knowledgeably and so they could understand what was being said. I was just there to look at the pretty flowers and plants. It is set up with winding pathways. One problem... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Gentleman, if you want to surprise your lady, you should pack a picnic for her and plan to come here. She will love you for it!

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Des Moines
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This is a gem in downtown Des Moines. May through October Better Homes and Gardens opens their test garden on Fridays during the lunch hour. Grab some take out or bring a picnic basket its a great spot for a lunch date and there is no admission. There are plenty of places to sit and eat. After eating stroll through... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Took my boyfriend here for a walk after lunch. Lovely garden in the middle of downtown. Complete with old ladies with wide brimmed hats.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Very beautiful gardens, literally hiddenl! Worth the stop! Thanks to Tripadvisor for sharing reviews and information!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Hidden amoung downtown buildings, a beautiful gem is nestled. It is only open Friday from 12-2 during may-oct so it might be hard to find time to get there but if you can it's totally worth it. Many people grab there lunch and bring it to one of the many seats in the garden.

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Des Moines, IA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I have lived in Des Moines for over 35 years and had no idea this garden existed until I looked on Trip Advisor. The garden is hard to find but well worth it. They are peaceful and beautiful, perfectly maintained and right in the middle of the city. Open on Fridays 12:00-2:00 PM, May-Sept or Oct. Just west of the... More 

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