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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309
515.323.6290
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Ranked #16 of 42 attractions in Des Moines
Type: Gardens
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... more » 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. « less
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Panama City, Panama
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173 reviews 173 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We parked the car, paid admission, opened the door and stepped into ...... Florida. I am thinking this would be a great attraction to visit in January. Inside it was 95 degrees with 57% humidity. We climbed stairs at one point and I'm sure the temperature rose another 10 degrees. Being from Florida, I'm sure I was less impressed than... More

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North Liberty
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a definite stop if you enjoy the beauty of plants/flowers. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the experience is a great value.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On a hot,humid summer day in Iowa, we enjoyed a visit to the botanical garden. It was hot and humid inside the dome too where tropical plants and trees are on display with a pretty waterfall and pond with koi. We also enjoyed a display of floral themed art and gardening displays presented by the local Master Gardeners group. There... More

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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I went here with my mother as a way to escape the awful winter. We really enjoyed the well maintained, clean gardens. Our biggest complaint was a lack of signage or information on the plants. Maybe we missed a brochure somewhere, but we just decided to enjoy what we were seeing. It was so nice to be in a sunny... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Visited during the free admission day during the annual plant sale. Cute garden complete with a waterfall and fish pond. Thousands of plants and flowers so lots to take pics of. The dome is temp and humidity controlled so if youre visiting in the cooler months be prepared to take off some layers. Did not visit the cafe but ive... More

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We do my son rehearsal dinner here, the place is lovely, but a little hot inside since is a natural greenhouse that contains the botanical garden. It is very nice for this kind of activities up to 100 people.

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St Paul
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It is a nice place to escape from the cold winter months of grey and monochromatic landscape of the midwest. The best feature is the small restaurant just off the main building. Quite tasty.

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Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We went there on Saturday afternoon. I went with my fiancée, his mom, his niece and his nephew. The kids are both in their teens. I haven't been there since I was in middle school and we thought it would be nice to visit. It was beautiful. I got some great pictures. The price is ok. It is a little... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I visited the botanical garden while visiting my mom in Des Moines for Mother's day. We visited on a day when there was a plant sale in the parking lot and free admission, so I had an even better experience than I would have otherwise! The gardens themselves are interesting- lots of tropical plants and trivia about them. I'm in... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We visited here on a cold winter's day when the temperature was below zero. Inside was a tropical oasis, with the temperature of eight five! It's a must do during a long Iowa winter. We also enjoy a visit any time of year. We will be back!

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