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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
515.323.6290
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Ranked #19 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Gardens
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I was a little disappointed in this botanical garden. The inside was just OK. The outside is currently closed for major renovations. I'm sure that will be lovely once it's finished - which I believe will be spring of 2015.

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Oelwein
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155 reviews 155 reviews
49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Right now it is a tad hard to get to since one entrance is closed to the public. Once work is done it will be worth a visit again.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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103 reviews 103 reviews
44 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Located jsut next to the river, the drive towards it allows you beautiful vistas of the river, the Women Achievement Bridge, the Pagodas. Exvcellent cycling lanes towards it too.

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IA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is a great place to take away the winter blues, and enjoy a lovely lunch no matter the season. The new restaurant team has enlivened the lunchtime experience, providing delightful choices that change monthly. The atmosphere is nice now, but will be even better with the opening of the alfresco dining, lovely view of the exterior gardens and riverscape.... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This botanical garden is pretty small and compared to other ones I've been to, I'd only give this 3 stars. But if you hate the Iowa winters like me and need to remember what it feels like to be warm, there is no better place in Des Moines to spend an hour or 2. I like to bring a lunch... More

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Panama City, Panama
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173 reviews 173 reviews
26 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We parked the car, paid admission, opened the door and stepped into ...... Florida. I am thinking this would be a great attraction to visit in January. Inside it was 95 degrees with 57% humidity. We climbed stairs at one point and I'm sure the temperature rose another 10 degrees. Being from Florida, I'm sure I was less impressed than... More

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North Liberty
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a definite stop if you enjoy the beauty of plants/flowers. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the experience is a great value.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On a hot,humid summer day in Iowa, we enjoyed a visit to the botanical garden. It was hot and humid inside the dome too where tropical plants and trees are on display with a pretty waterfall and pond with koi. We also enjoyed a display of floral themed art and gardening displays presented by the local Master Gardeners group. There... More

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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I went here with my mother as a way to escape the awful winter. We really enjoyed the well maintained, clean gardens. Our biggest complaint was a lack of signage or information on the plants. Maybe we missed a brochure somewhere, but we just decided to enjoy what we were seeing. It was so nice to be in a sunny... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Visited during the free admission day during the annual plant sale. Cute garden complete with a waterfall and fish pond. Thousands of plants and flowers so lots to take pics of. The dome is temp and humidity controlled so if youre visiting in the cooler months be prepared to take off some layers. Did not visit the cafe but ive... More

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