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Address: 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515-284-3994
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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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Limited Hours but Worth the Timing

It's like stepping into a cover of one of the Better Homes and Garden's publications. The tours are excellent. I forgot I was on the edge of downtown as the garden's are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

It's like stepping into a cover of one of the Better Homes and Garden's publications. The tours are excellent. I forgot I was on the edge of downtown as the garden's are enclosed. The traffic is muffled by the landscaping and pond. Excellent place to sit down and eat a picnic lunch (table at center by fountain).

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RHODE ISLAND
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

this was a wonderful garden to walk along. my wife is a master gardener and she liked it a lot. located in downtown Des Moines,Iowa. Check to make sure it is open as it is iffy. However if you call them you can get there in no time and it worth the trip. If you like gardens this one is... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

It is well worth it to figure out WHICH Friday, and figure out where the entrance is (in the center of the south wall). Within this small walled compound is a beautifully designed garden with helpful staff who are happy to engage the novice or advanced gardener. Bring your lunch and enjoy!!

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Decorah, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The Better Homes and Gardens Test Gardens in Des Moines are a HIDDEN GEM in a city!! The Test Gardens are only open to the general public from noon to 2 on Friday afternoons. The Gardens are exceptional with plenty of staff and interns to answer any questions that you may have on the plants and flowers. The end of... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You can walk here on Friday afternoon's and enjoy the well maintained garden or even take pictures. People of all ages come here. I recommend especially when the Art Festival is open nearby.

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vernon NY
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 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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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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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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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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Address: 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515-284-3994
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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