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Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

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1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
+1 515-284-3994
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Well worth the stop

I love to garden, and this is a wonderful place to stop and spend some time. Combine this trip... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2018
IndigoFountains
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An oasis in urban downtown

Gardeners will love walking though the gardens. Plants are grown here that may not be found in... read more

Reviewed December 6, 2017
Carole M
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Des Moines, United States
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Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
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1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
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+1 515-284-3994
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Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

I love to garden, and this is a wonderful place to stop and spend some time. Combine this trip with a stop at a unique and local restaurant for a special outing. Make sure to check the open hours and days-closed to the public most...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

Gardeners will love walking though the gardens. Plants are grown here that may not be found in most home gardens The designs are interesting. Lots of ideas to be gained for home gardens.

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Reviewed September 27, 2017

We circled the area 3 times and were not able to find parking nearby.I was told after the fact that test garden is only open certain times.

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Reviewed September 7, 2017

We made a carefully timed stop here(only open noon to 2pm on Fridays thru Sept) and were very pleased with the thought craftsmanship and skill to make the beautiful displays of flowers,shrubs, small trees, and some vegetables all with very good pathways between. It is...More

Thank Dennis M
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

We timed our road trip to stop here on their tour day of Friday afternoon 12-2 p.m. First, the location address is for the building across the street. We used up 15 minutes trying to find the garden. Second, while I saw guides, they did...More

1  Thank TravelerJenny8
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

We just lucked out by being in town on Friday when this is open. It is a fairly small garden space but definitely worth it since it is free and a great shady spot. The gates are on the park side- we had a little...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

BH&G took us on a private tour. Well worth the time to see all the seasonal plants and flowers in bloom. The guide was knowledgeable and does a fantastic job

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Reviewed October 12, 2016

I was so excited to tour this beautiful place! The visiting hours/days are extremely limited, so go when you can....it is so worth the trip. You literally feel like Alice in Wonderland, and in the most perfect way. The garden is lush and beautiful....so many...More

1  Thank Hannahbears_mom
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Reviewed September 26, 2016

Words can't describe how enchanting this space is. Not only does it provide a restful garden space inside the city, it offers practical solutions for the home gardener. The keeper of the garden is knowledgeable and gracious. The only down side is the limited public...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2016

The test garden is only open on Fridays between noon and 2:00 p.m. It's a lovely place to visit and knowledgeable staff is on hand to give you suggestions for all of your planting needs, from ground cover to growing vegetables on your porch. The...More

1  Thank ARretired
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As far as I know no charge, but call first. ENJOY!!!!
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