Due to COVID-19, our guided tours are currently unavailable. We will share updates when this changes. Thank you!

A Botanical Garden group tour is one 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 trained, volunteer guides, share the history and bright future of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, along with a look at notable plants and what’s currently in bloom. 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 3:30 p.m. and last 45-75 minutes. Please schedule a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Tours are $15 per person with a minimum of 5 guests and a limit of 12 guests, per tour guide (larger groups can be split into smaller groups for ease of the tour). This tour includes the conservatory and outdoor gardens (weather-permitting). Tour pricing includes admission.

Weekend Guided Tours

Explore the Botanical Garden on a guided tour each Saturday at 10:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m. Your guide will illuminate notable plants and key pieces of the facility’s history as you tour the conservatory and outdoor gardens (weather permitting).

Tours are $5 for Members and $15 for Nonmembers and last 45-75 minutes. Tours are available for up to 12 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees also receive 10 percent off Garden Shop purchases. Sunday tours will return in April 2020, after Botanical Blues.

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.