Group Visits

Whether the whole family is in town or your garden club is looking for an outing, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a great place to bring your group to experience the wonderful world of plants. Our conservatory offers a retreat from Iowa’s cold winter and beginning in the spring of 2015, our outdoor gardens will provide a beautiful setting to explore in all seasons.

School & Youth Programming:

Teachers interested in school field trips, visit our Students & Teachers webpage.  
For all other youth programming, please visit our Youth & Family webpage.

Guided Adult Tours:

Groups may now schedule guided tours to be led by staff and volunteers. The current guided tour is designed to tell the story of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden past, present and future.  It is perfect for visitors or groups looking to experience the Botanical Garden for the first time. 

Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and last approximately 30-40 minutes. Groups are required to schedule a minimum of two weeks in advance. Tour pricing includes admission.   

Guided tours are $13 per person with a minimum of 10 guests and a limit of 25 guests per tour guide. This tour includes the conservatory and outdoor gardens.

See the contact information below to make a guided tour reservation.

Unguided Adult Group Rate:

For groups of 10 or more that would like to explore the Botanical Garden on their own, we offer a special group rate:

Adults 18-64 $9
Seniors 65+ $8
Youth 4-17: $7

To receive this rate your visit must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Please contact 515.323.6290 to schedule.

Please Note: Group rates do not apply to photographers or photography sessions. Click here to review our photography policies. Group rates will not be honored if not scheduled in advance. Reciprocal Admissions discounts do not apply.

See the contact information below to schedule an unguided group visit.

Lunch at Trellis Cafe:

Trellis serves a locally-sourced, plant inspired menu. Enjoy one of the best lunches in Des Moines to enhance your group visit. Groups of 12 or under can be accommodated in the café. Larger groups are invited to dine in shifts in the café or reserve a rental room for $100. 

Group Visit Reservations:

Please fill out the Adult Tour Reservation Form and email it to or call 515.323.6290 to make a reservation for a guided tour, unguided visit and/or lunch at Trellis Cafe.