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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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Nice place

It was a great break on a cold day. It's a little pricey for less than an hour experiance and I'm sure it is better in the warmer months to visit the outside gardens

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mario C
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Poorly laid out and poorly presented. Many of the displays have no signage letting the visitor know what the plant is. Others have a small sign giving the Latin name. For the most part there is little other information, like where the plant grows, what's unique about it, or placing it in some perspective. Staff was non existent except to... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great break on a cold day. It's a little pricey for less than an hour experiance and I'm sure it is better in the warmer months to visit the outside gardens

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk and even better when it's raining and you can go inside. The air inside is so fragrant and wonderful. I beautiful peaceful place.

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Douglasville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed visiting the botanical garden the area is beautiful. The landscaping is amazing a must to visit if you are in town.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Originally I was they only on interested in coming here. By the end of or visit the whole family changed their minds. Kids enjoyed the place especially the different smelling geraniums in the green house. Walked around outside but not much to see this time of the year. - 1 dot for not discounting the price considering 1/3 of the... More 

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Tipton, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took 3 grandkids, ages 5 to 12. All of us enjoyed seeing the different plants. There was a scavenger hunt for the kids to participate in and that helped them to really see the plants. We all really enjoyed our day here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for things to do to entertain out of town guests and decided to go to the Botanical Center. We quickly decided that the middle of winter is not the time to go! While the inside exhibits were nice, there really wasn't much to look at. The outdoor exhibits were closed and we had no access to them.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful oasis in downtown Des Moines. We went on a grey cloudy January day- I look forward to visiting again in the summer to see what is happening outside - There were many families with small children there and it was a happy warm environment. I do wish that there was more signage so we could know... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

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 January 10, 2017

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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