Spring is in the air and it is planting season. Visiting a local, garden center can be a fun outing as a family. It is a great way to get your children involved with nature and interested in how flowers grow, where their food comes from and more. A lot of garden centers offer events and activities too. Take a look at this great list of garden centers located in central Iowa. Grab the family, spend a day picking out some colorful flowers, fun plants, and get dirty.
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5901 U.S. Highway 65-69
Visit them at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market too!
Busy Beed offer over 500 varieties of annuals, over 100 varieties of tomatoes (salsa anyone?), peppers, herbs, succulents, fruit trees and much more. Everything is homegrown and all produce is grown chemical-free. They grow a large variety of produce including beans, beets, brussel sprouts, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, winter squash and much more.
3355 SE Gateway Drive; Grimes, Iowa
Canoyer offers everything from trees and shrubs to annuals, herbs/vegetables, tropicals and a cute little gift shop. The staff is friendly and very helpful. They offer several fun classes and events throughout the year.
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There are several Earl May locations in central Iowa. They offer several types of flowers, vegetable/fruit plants, bushes, landscaping materials and much more. Their staff is full of experts, to help you create and keep your garden growing!
1050 NE 50th Avenue; Des Moines, Iowa
This greenhouse is full of flowers, plants, flags and gifts. They also offer supplies to create your own fairy garden. Their staff is very knowledgeable and can help answer your questions. If you are a fan of birds, they have food and feeders for hummingbirds, orioles, gold finches, cardinals and many other wild birds.
2701 Cumming Avenue; Cumming, Iowa
Ted Lare Design + Build is much more then just a garden center. They offer landscape design and installation lawn care services and more. They offer a large selection of annuals, items for fairy garden, fountains, furniture, and more. Wanting to learn more about planting or a certain topic? Check out the classes they offer. They also offer a Farmer’s Market, Ladies Night Out and other fun special events.
8000 Raccoon River Drive; West Des Moines, Iowa
This garden center offers trees, shrubs, plants, and decorative elements to create and personalize your very own garden. They have beautiful display beds to inspire and even encourage to bring a lunch and enjoy the scenery.