You already know to visit the Des Moines Botanical Center to enjoy the warmth from the tropical plants, but did you know the Riverwalk Café inside the Botanical Center offers a delicious and affordable lunch menu? No admission to the Botanical Center is required to dine at the Riverwalk Café! Enjoy sandwiches, wraps, grilled sandwiches, pasta bowls, homemade soups good for the soul, and filling salads. The house specialty, and I do mean specialty, is the steak or chicken quesadilla, you will love it! I am ready for lunch, how about you? The kiddos will favor the chicken strips or grilled cheese sandwich, served with chips and a drink. Top off lunch with a delicious homemade cookie, a sweet slice of sour cream coconut cake or a yummy brownie. Eat in or call ahead and take it with you. Groups of 10 or more: check out the delivery menu that includes breakfast packages, box lunches and signature tray packages.
Garden Gate Gift Shop
With less than two weeks to buy it, wrap it and tag it, you need to get shopping today! We invite you to visit the Botanical Center’s Garden Gate Gift Shop for unique gifts for everyone on your list. Find a splendid inventory of jewelry, books, plants and keepsakes. Surprising and fun gifts for kids and tweens, practical and meaningful gifts for mom and grandma. Funny gifts for a coworker, friend or that compulsive University of Iowa and Iowa State fan. Pick up a scarf or a Christmas Cactus or two – one for me, one for you! No admission to the Botanical Center is required to shop at the Garden Gate Gift Shop!