Just in time for winter, indoor exhibits at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to reopen

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Just in time to provide an escape from the dead leaves and chilly winds of winter, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is set to reopen its conservatory to the public for the first time since closing in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 80-foot-tall geodesic dome, a landmark for travelers crossing the Des Moines River on Interstate 235, is home to a tropical garden featuring everything from delicate orchids to towering palms. 

The building, which also houses the Gardeners Show House, Garden Shop and an art exhibit, will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Wednesday. The Trellis Cafe is also open for limited hours. 

Kelly Reilly, director of marketing for the gardens, said the staff has taken its time to ensure it can reopen the conservatory safely.

“That was the first date that we had the right protocols,

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April is National Gardening Month, but the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is closed indefinitely. “The days do become different without the vibrancy of the visiting public,” said Kelly Norris, a horticulturist.Norris is keeping the gardens beautiful, dynamic and alive for when the public is allowed to visit again. The Garden is sharing as much as it can through its website, blog and social media platforms. Facebook lives give updates on plants, tips for your garden and even some relaxation through meditation.There are also free educational materials and activities for parents and kids. “Right now we really want to be a source of inspiration, education and entertainment,” said Kelly Reilly, the director of marketing. “Just bring joy. Be a really important resource for everyone during this time.”Most of the Spring Garden Festival, scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend, has been canceled. But hard-to-find plants are still for sale.

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