Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

909 Robert D Ray Drive
515-323-6290

Mission Statement

Des Moines Botanical Center is reaching out to the community and beyond to educate and promote awareness of high level horticulture and environmental stewardship through; positive partnerships, education programs, opportunities for tourism, a quality venue for social events and meetings, unified grounds and unique horticulture collections.


Reviews

Edmund Rose

Rating:
Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

The botanical gardens offer both an indoor and outdoor experience. The interior conservatory area isn't very big but there are a plentiful variety of plants and flowers. Be sure to go to The Gardener's Show House on the right side of the conservatory. It's a packed greenhouse of smaller plants from succulents to orchids and a lot in between. Outside is a wonderful water garden, a boardwalk and several gardens. Definitely worth the $8 admission. The facility also has a gift shop and cafe, and can be rented for special occasions.

Amy Watkins

Rating:
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

What a lovely garden this is. I had such a lovely time having lunch and walking around the gardens. There were even umbrellas to use so that I saw the outside despite the rain. Highly recommend.

Valerie Boss

Rating:
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

So so pretty. I just wish there were more name plates. Yes, I understand that all plants are tagged (probably) but sometimes you see a plant in a different setting than the part with the name plate, and it's impossible to hunt the name plate down.

Kurt Showalter

Rating:
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Was a good visit, but there's a lot closed during winter time. The main conservatory is warm and the staff are friendly. There's still a lot of neat stuff to explore even without a tour guide.

Sara Lopez

Rating:
Saturday, July 29, 2017

We visited in a whim for something to do. It was well worth our $8. The conservatory contained many non-native plants and trees and was a pleasant walk. The Gardner's Show House had a variety of more local plants exhibited in creative ways with nice little seating areas. The best part of the visit was the outside gardens. The colors were amazing. We spent a lot of time in the water area as the water plants were amazing. The view of the city was stellar and the waterfall proved a beautiful backdrop for weddings and events as well as a nice place to stop and rest. We gave it 4 stars because many of the plants inside and out needed attention. There was a lot of brown and weedy growth all around. Overall, helpful staff and a pleasant place to spend a few hours.