The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden offers something for everyone.
Whether you’re a plant and garden enthusiast or simply enjoy being in a beautiful place, every season brings different displays that offer something for everyone to learn from and enjoy. If you’re looking for things to do in Des Moines, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are visiting for the first time, there’s always something new to explore at the Botanical Garden. We are an urban oasis and living museum in the heart of Des Moines, located conveniently in the East Village just north of I-235.
The Botanical Garden offers seven acres of gardens with surprises around every corner, from our iconic geodesic tropical conservatory to the Gardeners Show House and seven acres of outdoor gardens with ten distinct spaces including a native savanna, rose garden, water garden, perennial garden, gravel garden, views of the Des Moines River and more.
Beyond exploring the grounds, stop in for a lunch at Trellis Café, featuring local, fresh flavors from the plant world. Looking for a gift or something to refresh your home? Check out the Garden Shop located in our lobby. We have a constantly evolving selection of items selected from Iowa and American artists.
The Garden has a variety of classes and workshops for everyone, and we hold special programming for our young nature lovers as well. Check out our event calendar to learn more about and sign up for upcoming events.