Learn the answers to frequently asked questions to help you learn more about and plan your visit to the Botanical Garden.
How do I get to the Botanical Garden?
Access to the Botanical Garden directly from University Avenue is closed. To access the Botanical Garden from University Avenue, please take Pennsylvania Avenue south to Des Moines Street, turn right on Des Moines Street to the “T” intersection at Robert D. Ray Drive. Turn right on Robert D. Ray Drive and the Botanical Garden will be on the right after you go under the I-235 bridge.
Is parking free?
Yes, parking at the Garden is free.
Are strollers and wheelchairs available at the Garden?
Wheelchairs and strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They are free to borrow and located just inside the entryway.
Is the Garden ADA accessible?
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is proud to be an ADA-compliant facility. The Garden features wide paths and sidewalks, accessible doors, additional restroom and an elevator to provide all guests access to the conservatory balcony. For more information about accessibility, please consult our accessibility page.
What is the smoking policy at the Garden?
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a nicotine-free environment. Cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, chewable tobacco and similar products are not permitted on the Botanical Garden property including all grounds, buildings, restrooms and parking areas.
Are pets allowed?
You may bring your service animal, but please leave your pets at home. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden does not allow pets on Garden grounds. Service animals are permitted in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Service animals are defined by the ADA as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Does the Garden offer tours?
Yes, the Botanical Garden offers private group tours by reservation in addition to walk-in guided tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. — head to the group visits page for more details. Free digital tours of the Garden are also available via the GrowIt! app.
How do I take a tour using the GrowIt! app?
- Download GrowIt! from your phone’s app store
- Ensure your phone’s bluetooth is on and that location services are enabled.
- Create login
- Click on the garden tour card under the All feed
- Visit the locked areas of the map to unlock them
- Once the area is highlighted and pulsating, click View Plants
- For more detailed information on a plant, click on the plant and go to the information section
What does the garden look like?
With indoor and outdoor space, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a great place to visit in all kinds of weather. Our gardens offer close encounters with plants and remarkable horticultural experiences. Learn more about specific gardens and explore what’s in bloom today.
When is your on-site restaurant, Trellis Café, open?
Trellis Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Trellis is not open on Mondays.
May I bring my own food/drink to the Garden?
Outside food and beverages, including alcohol, are not allowed in the Garden, with the exception of bottled water and baby bottles. Food and drink can be purchased at Trellis or the Garden Shop.
What is the photo policy?
Guests are invited to take candid, casual photography as well as take pictures of the plants and landscapes. For portrait and professional photography, please consult our Photography Policy.
Does the Garden have an etiquette policy?
Our etiquette is designed to enhance your experience and protect the plants. Read our etiquette policy.
Does the Botanical Garden accept plant donations?
Plant donations are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in donating a plant, please email a picture of it to firstname.lastname@example.org and a horticulturist will review the photo and respond.
Does the Botanical Garden donate to organizations?
We support various community organizations, fundraisers and other nonprofit organizations with donations of free passes or memberships. The requests are fulfilled based on how the requesting organization’s mission pairs with our mission. If you would like to request a donation, please fill out the form below and email it to email@example.com.