Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Better Homes & Garden - Test Garden Picnic

A while back I heard that Meredith Corp, who publishes the Better Homes & Garden magazines, has a test garden in Des Moines {downtown} and that every Friday from noon to 2p, they open it to the public to view.  So, last Friday, the kids and I went to check it out.  They several little areas to sit and have a picnic, so we did.  I would highly recommend this to almost anyone {well, maybe not 'manly men'--but anyone who enjoys outdoors, flowers, picnics, nature, etc.}  The kids loved it--especially the pond with fish, frogs, & tadpoles. :)

Not impressed that I made him face me fore a photo! :)
After our picnic, we came back to Ankeny to play at Dean Park & splash in their little splash pad.  

Some of our favorite LOCAL EVENTS

I've posted in the past about Phelps Youth PavilionSeven OaksSports ClassScience Center of Des Moines, GlitterazziArt Class @ the Des Moines Art CenterElmo LiveiCubsShear MadnessB&B DeliTriad TumblingZoo TotsThe RitzBaconfestBackyard AdventuresSkyZoneSculpture ParkZoo TunesIowa State Fair 2012Iowa State Fair 2013Iowa State Fair 2014Tubing at SevenOaks in BooneFree Little LibrariesJumpin Jacks, and tons of local Christmas Activities.  I've briefly mentioned the farmer's market {which is a pretty big deal here} few concert and shows, and tons of restaurants, but there are so many places we've been and things we've experienced around this city that I haven't even mentioned.  
*None of these places have any clue who I am or what this little blog is.  I pay for our entrance/membership like any other customer and blog only my honest opinions.


  1. Such a pretty garden and more parks need splash pads. The girls love them!

    1. I know, right? Splash pads are SO nice. Especially when they're free and open early in the morning {unlike pools!}


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