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Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #11 of 41 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Des Moines
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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5 attraction reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Fairfield Women's Garden Club visited these lovely gardens on a guided tour. They lady that showed us around was very knowledgeable about all the different plants and trees. No matter how long a person has been gardening you can always learn something new. They have a lot of the new varieties of plants that are not even on the... More

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Midwest
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

i go visit the BHG gardens when i feel low and the gorgeous scenery, lovely variety of flowers and the serene fish pond always cheer me up. The women in charge are truly gracious and helpful as they lead tours (Fridays) and always answer questions with a keen knowledge and wit. Splendid colors in the spring.

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midwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

While it was a small test garden for the magazine, the staff was very helpful with questions about plants and pests.

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Des Moines
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Are you looking for a really original place to visit? Just west of the Des Moines sculpture garden is the BH & G garden. It is open over extended lunch hours and is the perfect place to picnic. It is on the trolley line so you can get back to you office or hop on the trolley to other downtown... More

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Des Moines Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Open on Friday afternoons from spring through fall, this compact display garden is designed on a scale that makes it truly inspirational for home gardeners. Annuals, perennials, flowering trees, and a tiny vegetable plot ensure a constantly changing experience.

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