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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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Won’t allow me to take pics with a nice camera of my family without giving them $100!

When I paid for entry I asked the cashier where is the best spot for pics of my family? She told me... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
crysbaker34
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Des Moines, Iowa
via mobile
Nice place(see pics)

We came here for a memorial dinner for my parents. Very lovely place and grounds. Family friendly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
init4keeps
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Des Moines, Iowa
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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 good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“water garden” (5 reviews)
“trellis cafe” (5 reviews)
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909 Robert D Ray Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309-2897
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+1 515-323-6290
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"tropical plants"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When I paid for entry I asked the cashier where is the best spot for pics of my family? She told me where and off we went . I was carrying my Nikon camera on my shoulder and started taking pics . A man came...More

1  Thank crysbaker34
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for a memorial dinner for my parents. Very lovely place and grounds. Family friendly. Friendly staff. Clean. Lot parking. Marcy’sDinerTantrumScale 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a very pretty place to view flowers and greenery. Unfortunately, for the $10 I had to pay to get into the garden, I wish there was more to view than two areas, one being indoor in tons of humidity and one being outdoor...More

1  Thank Sylwiax3
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Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

We’ve visited many botanical gardens across the nation so it was a little difficult not to compare. It’s in a great location by the river as it affords some amazing views of the city skyline. The variety of plants are impressive but we were a...More

Thank L C
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This is a must-see attraction. Beautiful grounds to walk in the summer. Warm and lush refuge from the harsh cold in the winter months. An escape into the tropics.

1  Thank IndigoFountains
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

Seriously don’t waste your money. 8 dollars to walk around in a circle. If you want to waste your money, find a better way. I hear that the outside has improved this place however it was closed for a wedding. Huge waste of time.

3  Thank Aaron L
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Took my Granddaughter and walked the entire ground...it was beautiful and informative...saw things I wasn't familiar with in this area...Signage was hard to comprehend and directions to and from one area to another...I'd go back because I know it was my lack of knowledge and...More

Thank Rex Z
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Awesome ambiance, very well maintained facilities. Nice restaurant, Trellis great menu, hours are a bit limited.

Thank JamersonRocks
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

Just breathtaking view of the entire Garden. Be sure to go outside as well as the inside garden. Its well worth your time and money. Water garden out side in worth the trip.

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

It was a cold, but sunny day - I happened to be in town and wanted to visit. The inside plantings are beautiful - so many things to see - the lady in the gift shop was so nice and very friendly, just visiting with...More

Thank Rachel W
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Nancy C
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Response from init4keeps | Reviewed this property |
Call them Monday and ask. When I was there, I didn't see any.
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dsgraf
9 September 2016|
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Response from Kimberly D | Reviewed this property |
Members. Free Adults. $8 Seniors. $7 Military. $7 Kids(4-17). $6 Kids 3+U. Free
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