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“Worth the stop”

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Ranked #25 of 72 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Very beautiful gardens, literally hiddenl! Worth the stop! Thanks to Tripadvisor for sharing reviews and information!

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Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Hidden amoung downtown buildings, a beautiful gem is nestled. It is only open Friday from 12-2 during may-oct so it might be hard to find time to get there but if you can it's totally worth it. Many people grab there lunch and bring it to one of the many seats in the garden.

3  Thank dejofe01
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

I have lived in Des Moines for over 35 years and had no idea this garden existed until I looked on Trip Advisor.
The garden is hard to find but well worth it. They are peaceful and beautiful, perfectly maintained and right in the middle of the city.
Open on Fridays 12:00-2:00 PM, May-Sept or Oct. Just west of the Papa John Sculpture Garden between Grand and Locust. Enter on the south side, right in the middle.

My only complaint is they should be open more often.

5  Thank anniemonb
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

The Fairfield Women's Garden Club visited these lovely gardens on a guided tour. They lady that showed us around was very knowledgeable about all the different plants and trees. No matter how long a person has been gardening you can always learn something new. They have a lot of the new varieties of plants that are not even on the market yet but you can look for in the future. It is always fun to be on the hunt for something new and different.There are many lovely places to sit and rest in the shade if you like. It's just a very enjoyable place to visit!

2  Thank amott4
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

i go visit the BHG gardens when i feel low and the gorgeous scenery, lovely variety of flowers and the serene fish pond always cheer me up. The women in charge are truly gracious and helpful as they lead tours (Fridays) and always answer questions with a keen knowledge and wit. Splendid colors in the spring.

3  Thank Oatbagg
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