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Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

  • Region: Downtown
  • 909 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 323-6290
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The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant 7-acre public garden featuring 10 distinct gardens, including a water garden, conifer garden, rose garden and our iconic geodesic-domed conservatory with tropical and desert plants. Enjoy lunch at Trellis Café (open Tuesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.), shop for unique items in the Garden Shop or take a class through our Adult Education programs.

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  • Admission Price: April - October Members, free; Adults, $8; Ages 65+ and Military, $7; Ages 4-17, $6; Ages 3 & under, free. November - March Members, free; Adults, $6; Ages 65+ and Military, $5; Ages 4-17, $4; Ages 3 & under, free.
  • Group Rates: April - October - $13/person with a minimum of 10 guests and a limit of 25 guests per tour guide. This tour includes the conservatory and outdoor gardens. November - March - $10/person with a minimum of 10 guest and are limited to 25 guest per tour guide. This tour covers the conservatory and indoor spaces only. School and youth group rates are available for $3/student. Please contact the garden for student to chaperone requirements and rates.
  • Guides Available:
  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun-Sat.
  • Season: Year-round; closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Self-Guided Tours:
  • Tour Length: 40 minutes
  • Tour Times: Guided Tours 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Two week advanced reservations required. Unguided Tours Two week advance notice required. Tours can happen anytime during public hours.
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  • Average Price Lunch: $
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  • Days of Operation: Tuesday - Sunday
  • Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday
  • Total Seating Capacity: 80
  • Patio Dining:
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  • Description The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant 7-acre public garden in the heart of Des Moines that features 10 distinct gardens, including a water garden, conifer and gravel garden, rose garden and more. Our iconic geodesic conservatory features tropical and desert plants, which is the perfect escape from Iowa’s winter days. Enjoy lunch at Trellis Café (open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 2 PM), shop for unique items in the Garden Shop take a class or book your next event at the Botanical Garden.
  • Largest Room 3460
  • Total Sq. Ft. 29161
  • Reception Capacity 220
  • Theatre Capacity 220
  • Banquet Capacity 220
  • Number of Rooms 8
  • Booths 20
  • Classroom Capacity 100
  • 10 X 10 Booths 20
  • Free Parking? true
  • Wireless Internet Available? true
The DuPont Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 3460
  • Width: 106
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 220
  • Reception Capacity: 220
Swartz
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1085
  • Width: 33
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 60
  • Classroom Capacity: 36
  • Banquet Capacity: 56
  • Reception Capacity: 56
Walsh
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 869
  • Width: 27
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 50
  • Classroom Capacity: 32
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
  • Reception Capacity: 40
DuPont East
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1612
  • Width: 50
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 36
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 80
Trellis Cafe
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 853
  • Reception Capacity: 50
Conservatory
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 17588
  • Reception Capacity: 220
DuPont West
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1848
  • Width: 56
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 100
  • Classroom Capacity: 42
  • Banquet Capacity: 80
  • Reception Capacity: 80
Swartz/Walsh Combined
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1954
  • Width: 60
  • Length: 32
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 42
  • Banquet Capacity: 100
  • Reception Capacity: 100

A Visual Journey with Bill and Karen

  • November 14, 2016 - January 29, 2017
    From: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Botanical Blues

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday until March 26, 2017
    From: 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Botanical Design Series: Kokedama

  • January 24, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Garden to Table Cooking

  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday until January 25, 2017
    From: 01:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Pop Up Education Stations & Studios


  • From: 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM

Terrariums


  • From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Botanical Bath Bombs

  • February 9, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Arm-Knitting with Botanical Fibers

  • February 11, 2017
    From: 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

Curious Carnivores

  • February 18, 2017
    From: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Vegetable Gardening 101

  • February 23, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Botanical Design Series: Spring Floral Centerpieces

  • February 28, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Homeschool Day

  • February 28, 2017
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Introduction to Fibers and Beginning Hand Spinning

  • March 4, 2017
    From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fruit Pie 101

  • March 7, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Garden Green Thumbs

  • March 14, 2017
    From: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Pollinator Houses

  • March 15, 2017
    From: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Garden Pizza Party

  • March 16, 2017
    From: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Air Plant Wreaths

  • March 17, 2017
    From: 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM

Hand Spinning with Plant Fibers

  • March 18, 2017
    From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Botanical Design Series: Succulent Wreaths

  • March 21, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM

Orchids for Beginners

  • March 23, 2017
    From: 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Buy one admission, get one free

  • Valid: January 1, 2015 - March 31, 2017
  • Categories: Things to Do