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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

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Address: 909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
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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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Great place to be inside on cold day!

Small and friendly. Lots of light and great orchids. Places to sit down, good views and nice gift shop.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 7, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this place is always so cool to walk around both inside and outside. i actually had to go here for a funeral which the facility was super accommodating.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paid entrance but worth a visit for those interested in botanical gardens. Especially nice to visit in the cold Iowa winters!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden is best in warm weather when you can roam all the grounds, including walking under a waterfall. Wonderful seasonal plantings and lots of water elements, including a view of the river. The inside is excellent, but you go through it fast. Still, there's something for everybody here—goldfish for the little kids, bonsai trees for grandma. The restaurant is... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The botanical garden just completed a several year total remodel. It is now the perfect place for a corporate school or a wedding reception or a large catered party. The outdoor water gardens are fabulous. There are wooden platforms out over the water where you can seat people at tables and chairs. The inside has a big glass dome filled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Small and friendly. Lots of light and great orchids. Places to sit down, good views and nice gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Our kid was bored but it is beautiful. Newly remodeled and nice meeting space. Would make a beautiful wedding venue during these cold Iowa months.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

Please keep in mind, this is the first review I have ever written, but my experience here was so bad, I've been inclined to write a negative review. First of all, the cost of admission was the same (or more in the case for STL city/county residents) as Missouri Botanical Gardens, which are frankly, twenty times better. Regardless, our experience... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

This is definitely a stop you should make while in Iowa's capital. Whether your interest is bonsai, cactus, or tropical plants there are exhibits ready to attract your attention. We have visited dozens of times, but the center has never missed having new sights. My favorite this time was a garden of insect-eating plants. Everything is inside, so every season... More 

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Rock SpringsWY, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

It's fall so the grounds probably were not as gorgeous as they are in spring and summer, but we really enjoyed all the indoor displays and especially the greenhouses. Definitely worth the price of the ticket to get in!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Was technically here for a wedding. It is small, but nice, a good number of plants, but nothing really exotic. Easy to get to, lots of parking.

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