Exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants.

Indoors and out, in all kinds of weather, the Botanical Garden provides close encounters with plants for visitors of all ages. Our gardens celebrate beautiful, sustainable horticulture at the intersection of people, plants and passion. No matter the season, our gardens offer visitors remarkable horticultural experiences.

Inside the conservatory, you’ll be immersed in the richness of the tropics, complete with exotic orchids and other flowering plants, under a sheltering canopy of palms and trees otherwise unknown in Iowa. Alive and growing, our collection brings the world of plants to your fingertips. From the exotic leaves of bromeliads to the prickly personalities of cactus, we’ll take you on a botanical tour of the globe.

Outside, our gardens invite exploration any day of the year. Teeming with thousands of plants, these Gardens celebrate the pleasures of gardening in the Midwest from the first winter thaw to autumn’s season-ending frost. The outdoor Gardens celebrate the ritual of the seasons, one horticultural attraction after another, with a thriving and adventuresome palette. There is always something special to kindle the senses and refresh the spirit.