7 Beautiful Botanical Gardens in Iowa!

Iowa is known for its wide-open spaces and stunning natural beauty, and with multiple botanical gardens and arboreta, it's easy to take in and explore the unique flora of the state. Here are 7 of the best gardens and arboreta to visit in Iowa.

Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport, IA

As one of the first botanical parks west of the Mississippi River, Vander Veer Botanical Park is an exceptional site to explore. With 33 acres of botanical gardens, there's always something to discover at this historic property.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, IA

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant 12-acre public garden and event venue located in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Take in stunning outdoor and indoor gardens, unique programming, and special events year-round.

Reiman Gardens, Ames, IA

Reiman Gardens, situated on the Iowa State University campus, is home to one of the country's finest gardens. With a variety of plants, events, and more, Reiman Gardens is a horticultural oasis and a great place to explore.

Newton Arboretum and Botanical, Newton, IA

This 6-acre arboretum and botanical garden in Agnes Patterson Park offers guests a variety of native and ornamental trees and shrubs. Enjoy demonstration gardens, a reconstructed prairie wetland, and more.

Arie den Boer Arboretum, Des Moines, IA

The Arie den Boer Arboretum, located in Water Works Park, showcases the world's largest collection of flowering crabapple trees. Established in 1930, the arboretum's 300 varieties of trees are maintained by the Des Moines Water Works staff.

The Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, IA

The Brenton Arboretum's 500 different species, cultivars, and hybrids make it an expansive and vibrant collection. Enjoy the 2,500 plants that have been planted since 1996 and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Muscatine Arboretum, Muscatine, IA

This 13-acre feature in Discovery Park is home to a "living tree museum," with a variety of native and ornamental trees and shrubs, along with demonstration gardens and a reconstructed prairie wetland.

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