Des Moines Garden Centers

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Des Moines Garden Centers

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.

Learn more about gardening with children from owner of Dogpatch Urban Gardens.

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Busy Bee Garden Center

5901 U.S. Highway 65-69 

Busy Bee 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.

Canoyer Garden Center

3355 SE Gateway Drive; Grimes, Iowa 

175 SW Oralabor, Ankeny, IA 50023

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.

Earl May 

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!

Goode Greenhouses

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, goldfinches, cardinals, and many other wild birds.

Harvey’s Greenhouse

611 Nile Kinnick Dr S., Adel, IA 50003

Harvey’s Greenhouse offers everything from plants, cacti, flowers, and so much more. A small oasis you must visit for all your garden needs!

Ted Lare Design + Build 

2701 Cumming Avenue; Cumming, Iowa 

Ted Lare Design + Build is much more than 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 gardens, 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.

Wright Outdoor Solutions 

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 us to bring lunch and enjoy the scenery.





Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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