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About the Gardens

About Us

Central Gardens of North Iowa, Inc. is the only free, public garden in a 90-mile radius of Clear Lake and is a major tourist attraction in north Iowa. Nearly three acres and 20+ themed gardens provide serenity and beauty for over 18,000 guests who visit each year. The splendor of the grounds and the vibrancy of the programming offered almost exclusively at no cost to participants provide a wonderful place to escape for some quiet time, meet friends for lunch, celebrate the wonders of natures and our changing seasons, host a wedding or other special celebration or participate in our 40+ annual events. 


Central Gardens By The Numbers

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Estimated visitors, guests and attendees each year
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People reached and 2,342 followers on Facebook
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Ranked Clear Lake attraction on Trip Advisor
Acres of green space with over 20 themed gardens
Free concerts, events and programs annually
Free children’s education programs every summer
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Run and operated by volunteers


Supporting the Gardens

As a non-profit charitable organization that is 90% run and operated by volunteers, Central Gardens relies on the following seven revenue sources to maintain operations:  Events, rentals, memberships, donations and memorials, brick sales, interest from investments, and grants.



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



At the Gardens, 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 annual 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 18, 2024   |
8:00 am -
12:00 pm

Read our latest newsletters, annual reports and strategic plan.

Contact us for more information.

Learn more about our staff and board members.

Learn about the garden’s history.