Published on September 25th, 2013 | by Sarah Day Owen

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden reopens with free day Saturday

After a three-month closure for construction, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive will reopen Saturday. And even better, admission is free on Saturday, according to a press release from the organization.

A few new things you might see: improved conservatory pathways, gardens and balcony, a ‘living wall’ and renovated event spaces.

Some improvements are still in the works through this year and 2014, such as the outdoor gardens, including a new entry garden, water garden, terraces, shade tree allee, walled event lawn and more.

The new cafe, Trellis, will open in November.

The renovations are part of a $11.6 million dollar project, according to the organization. Fundraising for continues for further development with a goal of $6.2 million. The organization hopes to include gardens for the 14 acres along the Des Moines River.

The botanical garden is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, with regular admission $5 for adults, $4 65 and older, $3 for children age 4 and older. More at


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