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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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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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Pretty cool but nothing special

If you're really into plants then you'd really like this. It's a good place to go in the winter because it's warm and you can see some green again. I imagine in the summer you'd... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philly
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're really into plants then you'd really like this. It's a good place to go in the winter because it's warm and you can see some green again. I imagine in the summer you'd be able to find some more interesting things to do around Des Moines.

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A visit to a botanical garden is the last thing I would look forward to. But we had time in Des Moines and my wife thought it would be a good thing to do. Surprise! I enjoyed it. It is very well done, great displays and enough info to keep you interested - without getting boring. It's s a very... More 

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Thank Wrightway4010
Los Angeles, California
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Des Moines Botanical Garden is a lovely place to visit. They just added a beautiful lagoon with gorgeous water lilies. Even if you aren't that interested in plants, it 's very peaceful place to walk around and there is a lunch cafe with yummy food at reasonable prices. The Garden is near downtown on the river. If you are... More 

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Sharon Springs, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens. Great display of plants all the way from native to tropical. The water displays were very interesting.

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Thank cornguy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I spent over an hour walking around. Very cool plants from all over. Nice flow to the inside and outside gardens. Only criticism is some plants were not marked or we could not find the tag. Worth the eight dollar, per adult, admission.

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Thank Brian C
Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it! We almost didn't make it out of the parking lot garden because we stopped to smell the roses ... And the scented geraniums! We did the scavenger hunt and a great time touring the various areas of the botanical gardens. We found lots of great ideas for our home in the Gardeners' Show House. Inexpensive for a couple... More 

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Oakdale, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an hour or two here. It is well laid out. It has a well done Bonsai display and a beautiful pond. With two flowing water features outside and one inside nearby traffic noise is effectively masked. There was a new resident family of ducklings to see too. This would probably be better in slightly cooler weather.

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Thank MBD1957
Lincoln, NE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we come to the Botanical Garden, there's something new to look at - either due to the seasons or due to the continually improved design of the gardens. Summer highlights their gorgeous water gardens (complete with visiting fowl) and showy outdoor flowers. I wish we lived closer so we could see it change by the month!

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Thank Julie P
Des Moines, Iowa
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy horticulture, this is a great place to visit. The Botanical Center has gone through a renovation in the last couple of years, but it was for the better. A beautiful place to stroll through ... especially in the winter when the weather outside is harsh. The warm, tropical feel is very relaxing and enjoyable. Worth a trip.

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McHenry, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but exquisite is the best way to descibevthese gardens. Beautiful and interesting both in the dome and outside

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