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Group Visits

A Botanical Garden group tour is of the best things to do in Des Moines whether the whole family is in town, you’re visiting the city or your garden club is looking for an outing. Our conservatory offers a retreat from Iowa’s cold winter and our outdoor gardens provide a beautiful setting to explore spring through fall. To make a reservation, please fill out the Adult Tour Reservation Form and email it to

Guided Adult Tours

Guided tours led by staff and volunteers share the history and bright future of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, along with a look at notable plants, what’s currently in bloom and insights into our horticultural practices. Guided tours are an ideal way to experience the Botanical Garden for the first time.

Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and last approximately 30-40 minutes. Please schedule a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Tours are $15 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 (weather-permitting). Tour pricing includes admission.

Unguided Adult Group

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

To receive this rate, please schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance by contacting 515.323.6290.

Please Note: Group rates do not apply to photographers or photography sessions. Click here to review our photography policies. Reciprocal admission discounts do not apply.

Lunch at Trellis Café

Trellis serves a locally sourced, plant inspired menu. Enjoy one of the best lunches in Des Moines to enhance your group visit. Call 515.323.6288 and make your reservation today.

School & Youth Programming

Teachers interested in school field trips, visit our Field Trips page.

For all other youth programming, please visit our Youth & Families page.