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“Disappointingly small”

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Ranked #7 of 72 things to do in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This oasis in the city has a great dome look and good colorful art outside but is entirely too small. Luckily something is being done about that and soon we will have a Botanical Center that the city can be proud of.

Thank Patricia M
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The botanical garden has a lot to offer. I actually met a friend there for lunch, the restaurant was good, food was yummy. Unfortunately, the flowers weren't really too great in the winter. It would be fun to go back in the spring. Carolyn H

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

When it's freezing outside and the winter blahs have gotten to you, go to the botanical center. You will walk in and feel humidity for the first time in months and it will feel great. Love their Bonzai collection.

Thank Kathryn R
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

While babysitting our 17 month old grandson we wanted to go for a walk but it rained for the 3 days. We took him to the Botanical Center to roam and he loved it. The best part are the incredible photos we were able to take of him with the gorgeous plants in the background!!

Thank Teri19
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This was false advertising at its best. Ads say 14 acres, it won't be that for several years. It was tiny and half the few plants they had were dead! Do not bother !

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