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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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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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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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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The new gardens are beautiful, the staff have done a fabulous job of planning and implementing that plan. The restaurant has very tasty food and is reasonable with a lovely view of the pond from inside and a great terrace for lunching during the summer months. So go and have lunch and then a stroll around the 7 different areas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For being less than $10 per person, there sure was a lot of 'bang for my buck' going on. The inner dome that is seen from outside is even better on the inside, and is well 'furnished' with plants of all varieties. The outside architecture of the little restaurant and the pond area were a great addition to the entire... More 

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Sibley, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Botanical Garden is not as big as it seems from the outside, but it is worth taking a wander through. We really enjoyed the separate room full of potted flowers - orchids and other interesting varieties.

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Albia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We had been to the Des Moines Botanical Gardens a few years ago for an outing and also a few times for meetings. So decided to go back as it had been a while. WOW!!! The new upgraded facilities are fantastic. Here are a few things we noted. Probably more. Enlarged gift shop with very nice, affordable gifts. moved and... More 

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Additional Information about Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Address: 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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