Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden

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One of the secrets to this famous publication's beautiful home design photography is the test garden. Landscaped and cared for meticulously this is where the Meredith Corp. sets up displays for photo shoots, tests out new plants, and welcomes visitors who want to relax in the calming, fragrant atmosphere. If it's not open when you get there, you might be able to catch a glimpse over the fence. Current hours are listed as Friday, 12-2. Call (515) 284-3994 for more current information. Nearby attractions include Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Giant Trowel.