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“always a delight”

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Ranked #24 of 66 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: 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 with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
Midwest
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“always a delight”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

i go visit the BHG gardens when i feel low and the gorgeous scenery, lovely variety of flowers and the serene fish pond always cheer me up. The women in charge are truly gracious and helpful as they lead tours (Fridays) and always answer questions with a keen knowledge and wit. Splendid colors in the spring.

Visited June 2013
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midwest
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful oasis in the middle of downtown”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

While it was a small test garden for the magazine, the staff was very helpful with questions about plants and pests.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank batterypost
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Des Moines
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“One of the best kept secrets in Des Moines”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Are you looking for a really original place to visit? Just west of the Des Moines sculpture garden is the BH & G garden. It is open over extended lunch hours and is the perfect place to picnic. It is on the trolley line so you can get back to you office or hop on the trolley to other downtown attractions. I almost don't want to review it because I don't want to let the secret out!

Visited July 2012
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4 Thank Sarah A
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Des Moines Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful and educational”
Reviewed May 12, 2012

Open on Friday afternoons from spring through fall, this compact display garden is designed on a scale that makes it truly inspirational for home gardeners. Annuals, perennials, flowering trees, and a tiny vegetable plot ensure a constantly changing experience.

Visited August 2011
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3 Thank DesMoinesIowaGuy
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
251 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“Small garden with limited hours”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Good demonstartion garden near the Sculpture park just west of downtown. Check hours before going there -- usually closed. Free

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4 Thank efsch
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