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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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Love the new outside area

The center has improved greatly since they added on the outside gardens. They have a wonderful resturant that never disappoints.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Polk City, Iowa
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Burkburnett, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

After reading such poor reviews I wondered if the garden was worth the trip. Don't believe all you read. The parking area is landscaped with many flowering plants and grasses. There are seven acres of well planned gardens outside the geodesic dome. The grounds include a water garden, waterfall, and a grassy area that is just calling for a wedding.... More 

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Marion, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Brought my family here for a weekend activity. It took us about 10 minutes to see everything which was definitely not worth the price they were charging. Plants were not labeled well, so we had a hard time figuring out what things were. They had a nice fountain to look at, but it didn't take us long to look at... More 

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Des Moines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The music was so loud that we had to go to the back side up on the second floor to get away from it. You ruined the East River Road by taking it out and putting that stupid garden in that no one go to because it is always locked. I always drove down that road from University until you... More 

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Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were very impressed with the garden, both under the dome & outdoors. While in area in the dome is very well done, the outdoors gardens are new within the last year. What a treasure! So many flowers were in bloom & I don't think we have ever seen so many different varieties of lily. The gardens are very well... More 

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Polk City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

The center has improved greatly since they added on the outside gardens. They have a wonderful resturant that never disappoints.

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Burlington, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This was a nice place to spend time with a friend. There was nothing out of the ordinary, however, that would bring me back regularly. Several areas were blocked off with yellow tape including the upper observatory area. Lunch outside was delightful, though.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I have been here many times as I am a local of the area. It is not a huge botanical garden but they often add new exhibits and are always friendly. It is a nice place to walk around when the weather outside is less than hospitable. In the spring/summer months the outdoor garden has been expanded and is worth... More 

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Newton, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My husband and I stopped on a Sunday afternoon for a stroll through the new section of the Botanical Garden. The staff has created a wonderful space outside for strolling. The walkways are pleasant and the water features are lovely. We didn't stop and eat at the restaurant this time but we have enjoyed lunch there on other visits. Now... More 

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The plants are diverse. Very unique tour. Kids loved it and their were cool things to see and do. Definitely would do again.

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Boone, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A nice peaceful retreat in the city. We walked slowly and read their explanations along our way and it took about an hour to go through the whole thing.

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Additional Information about Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Address: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515.323.6290
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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