Test Garden

In half an acre, the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® holds more than 2,500 shrubs, trees, perennials, vines, and annuals in 22 distinct areas, including a shade garden, a rose garden, a shrub collection and sunny borders—to name a few.

From the Test Garden

What Is the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden
You have to grow it to know it. Whether it's testing a new plant variety or trying a garden trend, we do the ground work (literally) in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® to help you grow a better garden.
Visiting the BH&G Test Garden
Next time you're in Des Moines, schedule a visit to the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden®. With plantings in bloom all summer long, you won't want to miss it.
The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden is located on the Des Moines, Iowa, campus of Meredith Corporation, publisher of Better Homes & Gardens magazine and dozens of other lifestyle publications.
Enjoy these views from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden in Des Moines, Iowa.
A Complete Guide to the BH&G Test Garden
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, this gem is a quiet getaway with a winding walkway to guide you through colorful and unique plants, fountains, arbors, and more.

What's in Bloom

These reliable perennials come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and hues.

Summer's Here!

Top 5 Power Perennials From the BHG Test Garden

The Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden tries out new varieties of favorite perennials every year to find out which ones will truly shine. Get a peek at our top picks that are sure to make a powerful statement in your garden with their eye-catching colors and textures, without needing a lot of maintenance.