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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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Very pretty

Very nice botanical garden within walking distance from downtown! Great activity for anyone in the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Clear Lake, Iowa
Nice place to explore

Had a nice visit to Botanical Center. It is reasonably priced and a great place to spend a summer... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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

Very nice botanical garden within walking distance from downtown! Great activity for anyone in the area looking for something to do. Can't go wrong with flowers!

Thank B902
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a nice visit to Botanical Center. It is reasonably priced and a great place to spend a summer day. The flowers, plants and the waterfall are very nicely done. The only negative was the restaurant. I expected it to be pricey but it didn't...More

Thank SmhIAvisitor
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 weeks 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 13 July 2017

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

1  Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 13 July 2017

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 11 July 2017

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 9 July 2017 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 8 July 2017 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 3 July 2017

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
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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!