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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