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Lovely stop

You need to stop at this place ... Very knowledgeable information shared by guides, Andrea and... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Worth a Visit

My husband & I enjoyed a stroll through the gardens. Master gardeners were available to answer... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2018
Big Rapids, Michigan
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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...more
1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
+1 515-284-3994
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 1, 2011

The test garden is not large, but it is very peaceful and beautiful and located near the lovely sculpture garden for an addition to your pleasant walk! Would sure be nice if they offered a bit of tea and lemonade on site since it's Better...More

6  Thank morex4
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 15, 2014

This garden is nice but not exceptional. It is open to the public only 2 hours a week from noon to 2 pm on Fridays. Plants are well labeled but the garden is challenging to find, especially since a security officer in an adjacent magazine...More

5  Thank jelkberk
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

You need to stop at this place ... Very knowledgeable information shared by guides, Andrea and Sandra. Thank you ladies, it was a great visit even though it was raining.

Thank 63debram
Reviewed August 18, 2018 via mobile

My husband & I enjoyed a stroll through the gardens. Master gardeners were available to answer questions. Learned a few things while enjoying the beautiful gardens. Make sure to check the schedule for hours of operation.

Thank mimidiner
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.

Thank Carole M
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.

1  Thank ladyme1
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

1  Thank Dennis M
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

2  Thank TravelerJenny8
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

Thank Pam B
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

Thank Cindy W
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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As far as I know no charge, but call first. ENJOY!!!!