$25 for a One-Year Family Membership to the Des Moines Botanical Center ($50 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • 14 acres of gardens by the river
  • Year-round dome
  • Unlimited free admission
  • Discounts on classes & gifts

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate membership by 4/26/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. New members only. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Though English gardens are known for clean lines and French gardens are known for a wild and natural aesthetic, American gardens stand apart by featuring celebrity shrub sculptures. Appreciate the beauty of Cyrus-family topiaries with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year family membership to the Des Moines Botanical Center (a $50 value). This Groupon expires April 26, 2011.

Membership includes free admission for two adults and children younger than 18, and it comes with the following benefits:

  • Admission to the botanical center
  • Admission to more than 200 gardens and arboretums in the U.S.
  • Newsletter and calendars of events
  • A 10% discount at the Garden Gate gift shop
  • A 10% discount on purchases at Earl May Nursery and Garden Center (some exclusions apply)
  • Reduced fees on classes, lectures, and workshops
  • Invitations to special events, sales, and parties

Floral fanatics can feast their eyes on the Des Moines Botanical Center's collection of more than 1,750 species of plants spanning 14 acres along the east bank of the Des Moines River.

Step inside its transparent dome, which encloses a variety of tropical plants, as well as a bundle of bonsais, orchids, and some lucky fish, frogs and turtles, all basking in the warm, tranquil relief from chilly sweater weather.

Budding botanists can grab scavenger-hunt pamphlets and discovery backpacks filled with activity guides and fascinating fun facts about the dome. Visitors in groups of 10 or more can make reservations two weeks in advance to get a guided tour, and self-guided tours allow free-form frolicking through the seasonal floral exhibits, herb garden, and riverfront beds—no reservation required.

Lectures and workshops cover a variety of subjects, from bee keeping to container gardening, and the center's frequent events include art exhibits, special dinners, and musical entertainment.

Stop by the gift shop on your way out to peruse one-of-a-kind items consigned by local artists to decorate home gardens, such as handcrafted bird feeders, or give young ones educational, nature-inspired toy books that look so real they'll think they are seeing the world through 3-D glasses.


Nine Yahoo! Locals give Des Moines Botanical Center a four-star average, and four InsiderPagers give the center an average of three stars:

Customer Reviews

Love the Botanical Center! Fantastic place to go anytime, but a great place to go when its cold, for that little touch of warmth and spring ahead. Bring friends and family for a perfect setting for pictures!
Vanessa I. · October 27, 2012
The Botanical Center is an oasis in the urban jungle, and a great place to go for an outing with the kids when the weather is unfriendly. The outdoor gardens are a fun place for kids to explore when Mother Nature is in a good mood.
Shawna M. · January 17, 2012

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