Discovery Garden - Iowa State Fairgrounds
The Discovery Garden is a cooperative effort between ISU Extension and Outreach Polk County Master Gardeners and the Iowa State Fair. The Discovery Garden is located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds on the south side of the Agriculture Building. Most of the materials used in the garden are grown by Polk County Master Gardeners in the group's greenhouse, ensuring new and fresh displays each year.
During the Fair
Gardens are planted to “peak” during the Iowa State Fair at which time all garden art and plant labels will be in place and Master Gardeners will be available to answer your gardening questions and provide you with plant lists.
What You'll See
"The Music Man" bridge replica water feature
Children's garden tunnel
New and unusual plant material
Annuals and perennials
Plant material labeled with botanical and common name
Intricate landscaping/design techniques and designs
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While the Iowa State Fair is the peak display time for the Discovery Garden, it blooms all summer with interesting and unusual plants. There is rarely a time when the garden isn't being visited by gardeners, families or photographers who value the variety of colorful borders that make up this garden.
Guided tours of the garden are available and are led by Polk County Master Gardeners who are knowledgeable in the details of the plants on display. Interested individuals or garden clubs are invited to contact ISU Extension in Polk County, (515) 957-5761, to arrange a tour.