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 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.

Self-guided Virtual Tours

Take a free, virtual tour of the Botanical Garden using the GrowIt! app. Enable the tour during your next visit and walk through the Garden to “unlock” plant information as you go.

How do I take a tour using the GrowIt! app?

  1. Download GrowIt! from the App Store or Google Play
  2. Ensure your phone’s bluetooth is on and that location services are enabled.
  3. Create login.
  4. Click on the garden tour card under the All feed.
  5. Visit the locked areas of the map to unlock them.
  6. Once the area is highlighted and pulsating, click View Plants.
  7. For more detailed information on a plant, click on the plant and go to the information section.

Weekend Guided Tours

Explore the Botanical Garden on a guided tour each Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.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.

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.