Iowa? You’re probably thinking about the state with all the corn, right? Well yes, but they have soybeans too! All kidding aside, Iowa does have a lot of great things to offer and this week I am going to tell you about one in particular. Get ready because this is the first stop I am going to take you on in my “Places to visit in Iowa” tour. While there are a lot of things that the Des Moines area has to offer, over the next 5 weeks I am going to show you some of my favorites, starting with the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
You may notice the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden as it is visible from highway I-235 but in order to get to it, you have to go through the downtown area. I would recommend using directions to get there and not solely relying on just the city of Des Moines signs because you can get lost very easily with all the construction going on right now. The space itself is pretty hard to miss once you get close enough because it is a giant ball like shaped building made entirely out of glass.
This year the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is celebrating their 40 years of business since they have opened in the year 1979. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a seven-acre public garden full of vibrant plants and foliage. They describe the landscape as having a “progressive design, innovative programming and dynamic exhibits.” The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is both an indoor and outdoor space. Inside the conservatory, you can witness the rich tropics on the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden website they describe the conservatory as “complete with exotic orchids and other flowering plants, under a sheltering canopy of palms and trees otherwise unknown in Iowa.”
According to trip advisor the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is ranked number nine in the top fifteen best things to do in Des Moines.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a great place to go if you are looking for a leisurely indoor event to do on a rainy day or any day in general. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden always changing and adding new plants based on the different seasons so you are guaranteed to notice something new each time you visit! They also host a lot of different informational or family friendly events throughout the year.
For a full list of their events and all of its offerings, make sure to check them out on their website at https://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com.