The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

consFall is a great time to be outdoors, and Des Moines is stock full of things to do. Whether you are a wine connoisseur, enjoy being near the water, are a rollercoaster lover, history buff, enjoy outdoor concerts, or enjoy learning there is something for you in Des Moines. For a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor activity, your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen Burds suggests exploring the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

What: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Where: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309

Hours: Open Daily from 10am to 5pm

Admission: Adults $5; Seniors (65+) $4; Military Personnel $4; Students (4-7) $3; Children 3 and Under FREE; Members FREE


The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Des Moines Botanical Center, is an urban oasis dedicated to “exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants.”  Focused on plants that thrive in Des Moines, it is a nearly 14-acre living museum and public garden located along the Des Moines River, providing indoor and outdoor gardens as well as a tropical conservatory for your enjoyment.

  • Conservatory: Experience the tropics in all seasons inside the conservatory, a botanical tour of the world, including the Desert Garden featuring spiny, prickly, poky cactus. The Tropical Plantings feature the star fruit tree, the tapeworm plant, the chenille plant, and the traveler’s palm. Enjoy other bromeliads, palms, flowering plants, and exotic orchids as well.
  • Indoor Gardens: Experience an overview of indoor horticulture with detailed descriptions of the many varieties of plants you’ll encounter.
  • Outdoor Gardens: Experience thousands of Midwestern plants with design descriptions and seasonal highlights among the many outdoor gardens including the Allee, Art and Sculpture, Belvedere, the Conifer Garden, the Container Gardens, Meadow Garden, and the Perennial Border.

More than Plants

The Des Moines Botanical Center is more than plants. It is a venue to hold special events with dining and meeting facilities. It is an oasis for all ages, and while you’re there, check out the newly remodeled Riverwalk Café and gift shop too.

About your Des Moines Dentist

Contact your Des Moines dentist by calling Gateway Dental Group at (515) 244-9565. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.