Better Homes & Gardens 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.
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.

What's In Bloom

When you visit the Better Homes & Garden Test Garden® in Des Moines, IA, these are the plants you'll see in bloom!
From the Test Garden
The mission of the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® is to serve gardeners nationwide by offering garden-tested, firsthand information about plants, gardening methods, garden styles, projects, and ideas.
About the Test Garden
The Test Garden serves not only as a place to test plant varieties, it is also an outdoor photo studio, a venue for corporate entertaining, and a meeting and lunch spot for employees.
Visiting the Test Garden
Next time you're in Des Moines, pay us a visit. The Test Garden is open to the public on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m., from May through October. Large groups may schedule tours during these hours.
Test Garden Map
The 22 areas of the Test Garden all offer something unique. While the garden offers public tours, use this handy map as a guide if you decide to take a walk through solo.
A Walk Through the Test Garden
Can't wait 'till May? Take a virtual walk with us through this green oasis, set in the heart of the city of Des Moines.

Spring Has Sprung!

Garden season has officially begun. See what's blooming in the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden® this spring.

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