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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Address: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515.323.6290
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Ranked #16 of 30 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Reputed for its huge collection of the Midwest's ornamental and native plants, this 14-acre center...
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Indianola, Iowa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Iowa
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104 reviews 104 reviews
30 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I enjoyed my visit yet again and always appreciate it even more in the harsh Iowa Winters. Iowa is rather flat or rolling hills all stripped of mostly all trees for farming corn. Iowa is a sea of tan and brown in the dead of winter. A trip to the botanical center is a rather well kept secret. Think of... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

It's always nice to walk among exotic trees and shrubs during the starkness of winter and pretend you are somewhere tropical. Two years ago our first date was to hear the Blues bands that entertain on Sunday afternoons in Jan and Feb. The BG website lists lots of activities for people with a diverse array of interests. The outdoor area... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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45 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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