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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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Nice after their renovation

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
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RHODE ISLAND
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316 reviews 316 reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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Madrid, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The botanical is excellent, not only can you find a wide variety of plants and explanations on their properties, but sometimes they also have artistic gardening exhibitions. The gift shop has many educational toys. It is volunteer run, and these people do a great job in many areas. Do not skip the café, their food is really really good!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I had very high expectations as I grew up in Milwaukee which has 3 domes so I was slightly disappointed by the size when we walked up. However, inside is beautiful and relaxing. The only drawback to the day was they had a rather bad band playing. They have a waterfall, a stream with fish, a balcony area, and several... More 

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We visited in February... not much to see in the gardens outside but the gardens inside the dome made us feel like we were in the tropics. Plenty of interesting plant species from all over the world.

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Indianola, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

There is a really great restaurant located in the Botanical Center, and access to the dome is included when you eat here. The dome itself is a very nice, warm place to visit in the cold of winter. There is also a nice gift shop. The hardest part is finding it! It is located on a small street sort of... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The Botanical Garden's dome isn't big, but it's a delightful place to visit in the winter. Great gift shop and restaurant too. Can't wait for spring when the outdoor gardens will be alive!!

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