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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
+1 515-323-6290
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Great famliy visit in the heart of downtown

We visited the gardens last fall. Many of the flowers were past their bloom, but there were many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa
Simple, Beautiful, Inexpensive

We visited while in town for some much needed relaxation. The gardens are a bit on the small side... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Benjamin R
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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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  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
+1 515-323-6290
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the gardens last fall. Many of the flowers were past their bloom, but there were many plants to enjoy. The summer will be very nice (haven't had the time in town to go again). The staff were very helpful and there are several...More

Thank TomHurley
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited while in town for some much needed relaxation. The gardens are a bit on the small side overall, but reasonable for the price. They featured a corpse flower, which is a rare site all on its own. The staff was helpful and friendly,...More

Thank Benjamin R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The combination of the Botanical Gardens and the walking path along the river was really a delightful experience.

Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Smaller botanical garden, but a good variety and a nice stop during the long day of driving. Very helpful and friendly staff

Thank DenverJim48
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to view plants and some birds. There is more to this place than just the indoor gardens. In summer, concerts are given in the outside garden (usually free) but no shade. Great place to sit and relax.

Thank torpdo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Garden has come so far - looking great! In late June it had reached high glory with so much blooming outside. Sunscreen! A pleasant hour could be spent here.

Thank DarCDayz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blown away by how awesome this is. Much larger than I expected. Especially liked the outside garden with a large variety of plantings. New area had plantings of native Prairie species. Certainly not in my future, but my wife and I both thought it would...More

Thank Jay Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always something different in bloom. New exhibits and displays all the time so not every visit is the same. Also, something new to learn on each visit. Lovely place to relax, take a stroll and just admire the beauty.

Thank eshar0n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wasn't totally impressed nor was I unimpressed. Maybe had I gone at a different time of the year there would have been more flowers to my liking. I did Love the Dome and wandering around the inside. The facilities maintained well. Apparently they have...More

Thank Vicki221
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although these gardens are not large, definitely worth visiting. Beautiful with friendly staff and volunteers who love plants and gardening. Special bonus: the room off the tropical dome that houses plants with names and with different lighting. Wanted to stay there all day it was...More

Thank Pam B
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10 September 2016|
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Response from CathyG S | Reviewed this property |
Define "addition"? Before Kimberly listed the gate costs. $8 for adults =we were 2 adults. It was worth the cost!