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Welcome to
Central Gardens of North Iowa

Come explore our more than 20 themed gardens and nearly three acres of serenity and beauty. The splendor of our grounds and the vibrancy of our programming offer a wonderful place to escape for peace and quiet, meet friends for lunch, celebrate the wonders of nature and our changing seasons, host a wedding or other special celebration, or participate in one of our annual events.
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Become a Member

Consider becoming a member of the Gardens to enjoy various benefits and help support daily operations, events and maintenance. Your annual membership is vital in sustaining and enhancing the beauty of Central Gardens as well as making it possible to offer many FREE events and admission for all.
Garden at Central Gardens of North Iowa

Plan Your Visit

Visit Us At The Gardens

Discover what makes each of our more than 20 themed gardens unique, view an interactive map of the grounds and learn more about our upcoming events as you plan your next visit!
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Rent the Gardens

Your Event Destination

Rent the Gardens for a beautiful backdrop for your next event. We proudly host weddings, picnics, meetings and family reunions.

Clear Lake

Broken clouds

Special Features


Learn more about what our more than 20 themed gardens have to offer and discover what makes each of them unique.

Awarded annuals and perennials are on display in this garden to show superior plants for our climate.

Plant of the
Year Garden

Each year the design and color schemes of these two large annual flower beds change to provide visitors with a beautiful, evolving display as the season progresses.

Annual Flower Display Garden

The Council Ring, honoring our Native American heritage, hosts people in its continuous circle for informal gatherings, story-telling and other performances.  

Council Ring

Kids will love this lively garden space filled with a diverse selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, all grown organically and in partnership with mother nature.

Bee Happy Discovery Garden



At Central Gardens of North Iowa, our goal is to engage a diverse audience with a variety of events that bring us together to celebrate, learn, and rest in the beauty of the Gardens. We proudly host over 50 events, offered almost exclusively at no cost to participants. We invite you to join us at our next event!

Plant Sale and Gardening Fair
May 21, 2022   |
8:00 am -
12:00 pm


From our visitors

Hear what our visitors have said about their time at The Gardens from TripAdvisor.

  • star rating  Central Gardens in Clear Lake is a beautiful place to spend a few hours on a summer day. I go several times during the season and each trip is... read more

    April 30, 2021

    star rating  We stopped for lunch with a 15,12, and 9 year old. All the good was fast and hot. Waitress was friendly and helpful. We had a variety of items. My... read more

    Angela W
    May 24, 2020

    star rating  Found this gem, while driving through Clear Lake, what a beautiful place to set and relax, or walk through the pathways, taking in all the different and beautiful specimen of... read more

    October 8, 2019
  • star rating  We were surprised a couple years ago to find this garden area right outside Clear Lake's town area. It is so beautiful, with several walkways through various gardens and... read more

    Jan B
    September 8, 2019

    star rating  A lovely garden on the site of the former Clear Lake High School and Central Elementary. When we went, it was meticulously maintained and beautiful.

    July 9, 2019

    star rating  This is a lovely garden near downtown Clear Lake. It is a project of love by dozens of community volunteers. It adds much to the charm and culture... read more

    March 31, 2019


Visit us


Open Daily Dawn to Dusk
May – October


Free Admission

(Donations Welcome)