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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Address: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515.323.6290
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Description: Reputed for its huge collection of the Midwest's ornamental and native...
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 also has an impressive herb garden, tropical and desert plants, and one of the best bonsai collections in the U.S.
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Peaceful and lush

The Botanical Garden is not as big as it seems from the outside, but it is worth taking a wander through. We really enjoyed the separate room full of potted flowers - orchids and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Sibley, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The new gardens are beautiful, the staff have done a fabulous job of planning and implementing that plan. The restaurant has very tasty food and is reasonable with a lovely view of the pond from inside and a great terrace for lunching during the summer months. So go and have lunch and then a stroll around the 7 different areas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For being less than $10 per person, there sure was a lot of 'bang for my buck' going on. The inner dome that is seen from outside is even better on the inside, and is well 'furnished' with plants of all varieties. The outside architecture of the little restaurant and the pond area were a great addition to the entire... More 

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Sibley, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Botanical Garden is not as big as it seems from the outside, but it is worth taking a wander through. We really enjoyed the separate room full of potted flowers - orchids and other interesting varieties.

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Albia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had been to the Des Moines Botanical Gardens a few years ago for an outing and also a few times for meetings. So decided to go back as it had been a while. WOW!!! The new upgraded facilities are fantastic. Here are a few things we noted. Probably more. Enlarged gift shop with very nice, affordable gifts. moved and... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you visit the GDMBG and don't leave the dome, you could be forgiven for thinking that the conservatory was not worth the admission price. However, the extra attractions, such as the Gardener's Showhouse and the beautiful outdoor gardens add value to the gardens. Plan a visit when the weather is nice to take advantage of the outdoor gardens and... More 

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90 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

wife is a master gardener and she loved it. a bit early for everything outside to bloom but the inside was really nice and had a nice little restaurant on the inside with a patio. Good place to go.

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

I've enjoyed going here for at least thirty years. This review is for my most recent trip after their renovation. Located on the east side of the river across from Wells Fargo Arena, this botanical center under a glass dome is a welcome respite in winter. Offering warmth and humidity and greenery against the cold dry air and either white... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

it is a very amazing atmosphere.everything was so well taken care of and look so beautiful.I would recommend going to anybody thats ever thought about it only $8 and it is a really great time.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The variety of plants is terrific and they always have such great floral displays. I haven't gone back yet to see the outside expansion, but it's on my to-do list for this summer!

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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Lots of indoor plants. The restaurant is incredible. Easy parking. Has been recently remodeled and expanded.

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