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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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So Much Green in So Little Space!

The DSM Botanical Garden breaks the laws of physics. There's sooo much in such a relatively small dome! The variety and care of the plants is impressive, and the huge assortment... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
JASON H
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Runnells
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place! Reasonable entertainment! This is an awesome place for a date or a place to let the kids walk around on a rainy/snowy day.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well worth the $8 admission just for the lily pond. Very nice rainforest and other gardens as well. If I were a local I would be a member. Great views of the city across the river. Nice Asian garden just down the street.

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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had a reunion at the garden, and the setting was lovely, from the gardens inside to the patio overlooking the river. I'd never been to the gardens before, but it does the city proud.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The DSM Botanical Garden breaks the laws of physics. There's sooo much in such a relatively small dome! The variety and care of the plants is impressive, and the huge assortment of activities for children and adults is as well. Bring the kids an chill for an hour or so. Also houses a fine restaurant.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Under the dome are cacti and some sad banana plants. Outdoor gardens, including conifers, mediocre. High spot is elaborate water garden with various water lilies. This is well-kept and impressive.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Nice place to visit. I wish it was bigger, but it's still fun. Lots of different species from all over the globe to learn about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

we went there to take pictures for prom. I had visited the botanical gardens before, and they were still beautiful. It's a cheap place to kill an afternoon and to take in some beautiful plants and gardens any time of year

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Donnellson, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I took both of my kids here and they loved it. The price was reasonable for the amount of time it took us to get through everything.

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Burkburnett, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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