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BOTANICAL GARDEN: Re-Opening Saturday

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After nearly three months closed because of a renovation project, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden will begin welcoming visitors again this weekend.

The garden is still in the midst of an $11.6 million upgrade but will reopen Saturday.

“Reopening the building is an important milestone as we embark on this new beginning,” says President and CEO Stephanie Jutila. “The revival of the conservatory and the upgrades to the building will position us as a dynamic cultural institution with a passion for plants.”

The renovations made indoors at the botanical garden include a new lobby, office suite, and improvements to pathways and gardens. In November, a new café, Trellis, will open at the botanical garden.

Future plans for the botanical garden’s 14 acre site along the Des Moines River include a new entry garden and parking lot, water gardens, and a walled event lawn encircled by perennial borders.

The garden is located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines.

Admission is free on Saturday, September 28th. Regular admission is normally $5  for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 4-17, and free for kids three and under.