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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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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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Lovely warm spot on a cruddy Dec day

We visited the Botanical Garden on a dreary Dec & enjoyed the children's scavenger hunt + holiday train exhibit/holiday crafts. The scavenger hunt helped our 6 year old focus on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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Chicago, IL USA
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Des Moines, IA
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The beauty of atmosphere is very good for the soul. Great in a group or on a peaceful afternoon alone.

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Des Moines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A neat place, and warm in the winter, but kind of boring after 2-3 visits, unless you're a botanist or just a botany lover. Been a staple of Des Moines for a long time.

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Thank Casey Y
Chicago, IL USA
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We visited the Botanical Garden on a dreary Dec & enjoyed the children's scavenger hunt + holiday train exhibit/holiday crafts. The scavenger hunt helped our 6 year old focus on interesting elements inside. Our visit was ~2 hrs & a lovely break. The gift shop was very cute & while we did not eat there, the restaurant was full +... More 

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Thank Kelly73
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Love the updates and the outside garden and water feature at the Botanical Garden. Great gift shop also! A must see in the Des Moines area

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Thank L K
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This place is so beautiful and peaceful. Lovely flowers a great place for a girls day. Nice restaurant too.

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Thank Pam H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

the outside is awash in color from so many plants and flowers. once you go in the walk around is laid out in a very nice way. good plantings make it look just so nice. It is a good place to visit. small restaurant on the grounds.inside. next to the riverfront.

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Thank Barry N
Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

With the outdoor expansion, I highly recommend that local residents take the time to revisit the botanical center again, weather permitting. The gardens are just getting started, but the hardscaping is spectacular by local standards. I also suggest you stay for lunch on the deck. The view and a local brew are sure to delight.

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Thank GailofIowa
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

The Botanical Gardens are being reinvented and expanded. Great new outdoor addition. Great dining opportunity. Re-doing interior gardens. A real asset to the city.

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Thank roger325
West Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Nice place and nice selection considering it's in a tourist destination. Good atmosphere too with beautiful plants surrounding you.

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Thank Alyse C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Hubby and I came here as we were visiting the city and it was a little dreary outside. We did the scavenger hunt and just moseyed around looking at the flowers and trees and information. By the time we made it to the outdoor portion of the venue, the sun was coming out, which made everything look even more beautiful!... More 

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