Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
4.5
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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N0rmalee
Bossier City, LA505 contributions
Worthwhile
Oct 2021 • Couples
Going in early October we did not anticipate seeing a lot of blooms but it was still beautiful there. This time we also walked around outside and behind the waterfall. There was also some beautiful art inside the building. Loved the hibiscus, banana trees, etc. Lots of photo opps even this late in the year.
Written October 5, 2021
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RobBoston80
Boston, MA1,080 contributions
Flower Power
Sep 2021
What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Unlike the rest of Iowa with is Alfalfa, Soy, Corn and the smell of cows, you can escape all that and see some floral wonderment. The walking paths and extension are not to be missed. The geodesic dome is a must for Buckminster fuller fans
Written September 26, 2021
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Frenchgirl
Swanzey, NH172 contributions
Beautiful set of modest gardens
Apr 2021
Went through the gardens today, even though early spring. Lots to see, well laid-out, and nicely choreographed, in terms of plant placement. Friendly, and family friendly, as well. I go to lots of gardens, as I travel alot. This was a very nice place to spend an hour or two -- definitely recommend.
Written April 24, 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN5,386 contributions
Always Something New to See
Mar 2021
No matter how many times I have visited this beautiful facility over the last 40 years there is always something new to see. I visited recently to see some green growing plants/flowers and to break the depressing brown awfulness of late winter. I wasn't disappointed. A walk through this facility lifts one's spirits, lowers one's blood pressure, and provides fresh oxygen (even through a mask). Take an hour or so and explore this beautiful facility. There is always something growing/blooming.
Written March 18, 2021
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ERK
Des Moines, Iowa, United States16 contributions
Wonderful Place
Sep 2019
My family visits about once a year, almost always during the winter. On a cold winter day, this is an oasis! Great venue for meetings as well.
Written February 23, 2020
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Avid Traveler in Nebraska
Omaha, NE92 contributions
Standard conservatory experience
Feb 2020
Visited the botanic garden in the winter, admittedly not the ideal time to fully enjoy and get full value for admission. The domed structure is noticeable from I-80 near downtown Des Moines. Easy/free parking on a Sunday was nice, and friendly desk staff. The enclosed dome was nice for allowing natural light to bathe the interior, and ramps/stairways nice for taking in different perspectives. However, found the plant variety to be average, compared with Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens, the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, and Denver's similar offering. The Gardens does seem to be a place for horticultural/botanical research, and that is commendable. Live music was about to start when visiting. Might revisit during the spring/summer when the outdoor gardens are in bloom.
Written February 16, 2020
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Amanda E
3 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2020
Beautiful kool different plants and trees to see wonderful experience for family and children also peaceful
Written February 14, 2020
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rlk59
Ankeny, IA22 contributions
Great place
Sep 2019
The Botanical Garden is a great place to go to relax, to take photo’s, have a wedding, take a class, so many things to do there. The greenery and flowers are beautiful and you can spend hours there just walking around taking in the views. We love to go there. Our daughter got married there 25 years ago. Beautiful!!!
Written February 11, 2020
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Kimberly M
Jacksonville Beach, FL50 contributions
Check out the Learn Saturday Schedule
Jan 2020
We were so lucky to stumble upon an excellent Learn Saturday lecture. The speaker discussed vegetables transported from Africa. I wished that we had arrived earlier. Every Saturday, the gardens host a different speaker. I was in town for a business trip and was able to squeeze in a trip to the botanical garden. Most gardens host speakers during the week and us workers miss out on the fun.
Written February 2, 2020
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Lea
South Dakota28 contributions
Great relaxing place
Nov 2019
I truly love this place to spend some time when I have time to kill in Des Moines. The staff is so friendly and I even was able to watch the decorating for an event they were having!
Written December 13, 2019
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