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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
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Ranked #17 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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.

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Des Moines
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91 reviews 91 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

You destroyed the road that I always traveled on to University. I had never been there in my life even though I lived here all my life. I came 3 times these past 2 years. But I won't come back with my beloved road cutoff.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Des Moines Botanical Garden is truly the gem of the city the year round. We're blessed for not being far away from a tropical area thanks to the signature dome. I had visited the Garden twice in recent weeks, and I found something that amazed me each time, its new exotic flowers, its newly added pool, its new lobby... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you haven't been to the Botanical Garden recently then I would definitely plan on visiting in the near future. I would probably wait until spring so you can walk through the new outdoor garden area. They've done so much work transforming the outdoor gardens and adding so much space that you'll want to be able to see it all.... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We have been intrigued by the geodesic dome that sits off I-235 in Des Moines, and wondered what it was. We finally stopped to find out. The dome is part of the Des Moines Botanical Garden, a small, but tastefully done garden that is in the process of growing. They have managed to pack several interesting displays into the small... More

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Chesterfield, MO
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The domed conservatory was nice, but I thought it was overpriced at $5 and it is very small. They are building a large outdoor garden which should greatly improve the attraction. The wall of plants in the lobby was stunning. They had a rather bizarre exhibit were plants were removed from soil, there roots bound and hung from the ceiling... More

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La Grange, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Compared to other Botanical Gardens I have been to, this is very small, but compact. There was a very lovely display of art and foliage that was very photographic. There is a very large addition in the works that should be done by next year. What's not to like about flowering plants from tropical climates. The admission is only $5.... More

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Dallas, Texas
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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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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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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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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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