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Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden

1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
+1 515-284-3994
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Circled 3 times

We circled the area 3 times and were not able to find parking nearby.I was told after the fact that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Portland, Maine
Oasis in middle of city

We made a carefully timed stop here(only open noon to 2pm on Fridays thru Sept) and were very... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Dennis M
Iowa, United States
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Right in the heart of the city is a half-block long blaze of beauty - Better Homes and Gardens' testing ground for various landscape designs that the company documents and photographs. The area is one large area made of many mini-backyards, complete with annuals, perennials, bulbs and typical backyard structures like fences and gates.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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1716 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3038
+1 515-284-3994
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We circled the area 3 times and were not able to find parking nearby.I was told after the fact that test garden is only open certain times.

Thank ladyme1
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We made a carefully timed stop here(only open noon to 2pm on Fridays thru Sept) and were very pleased with the thought craftsmanship and skill to make the beautiful displays of flowers,shrubs, small trees, and some vegetables all with very good pathways between. It is...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We timed our road trip to stop here on their tour day of Friday afternoon 12-2 p.m. First, the location address is for the building across the street. We used up 15 minutes trying to find the garden. Second, while I saw guides, they did...More

Thank TravelerJenny8
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We just lucked out by being in town on Friday when this is open. It is a fairly small garden space but definitely worth it since it is free and a great shady spot. The gates are on the park side- we had a little...More

Thank Pam B
Reviewed 25 May 2017

BH&G took us on a private tour. Well worth the time to see all the seasonal plants and flowers in bloom. The guide was knowledgeable and does a fantastic job

Thank Cindy W
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I was so excited to tour this beautiful place! The visiting hours/days are extremely limited, so go when you can....it is so worth the trip. You literally feel like Alice in Wonderland, and in the most perfect way. The garden is lush and beautiful....so many...More

Thank Hannahbears_mom
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Words can't describe how enchanting this space is. Not only does it provide a restful garden space inside the city, it offers practical solutions for the home gardener. The keeper of the garden is knowledgeable and gracious. The only down side is the limited public...More

Thank SantoneBibi
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The test garden is only open on Fridays between noon and 2:00 p.m. It's a lovely place to visit and knowledgeable staff is on hand to give you suggestions for all of your planting needs, from ground cover to growing vegetables on your porch. The...More

1  Thank ARretired
Reviewed 19 June 2016

The gardens are well tended. There were many gardeners nearby to answer any and all of your questions. The flowers are typically grown in Iowa so it's good to see what will grow well in the area. It's only open for 2 hours daily so...More

2  Thank MSAAB
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Visited on the first Friday they were open to the season to the public on May 6. Test garden is a beautiful place to walk through. Enjoyed the courtyard in the middle where you could just sit and relax and take it all in after...More

2  Thank Bonnie F
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Diane M
22 June 2015|
Response from jameslouie | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know no charge, but call first. ENJOY!!!!