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Quiet Escape

The Gardens is the perfect destination for a peaceful escape from the chaos of everyday life. We invite you to take a break from reality to relax and reset as you stroll through two acres of beauty and serenity. The Gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk, free of charge. If you’re in need of a quiet place to work on a nice day we happily offer free Wi-Fi to our visitors.

We also welcome individuals looking for a beautiful backdrop for a picnic lunch or a wonderful location to meet with and catch up with friends. Bring your binoculars and go bird watching in the Bird Garden, escape the heat of the sun in the shade garden, or simply enjoy the beauty of our more than 20 themed gardens. We also welcome you to join us for our annual events!

Garden at Central Gardens of North Iowa

Quiet Gardens

featured gardens


Providing a brilliant end of summer color, this garden features creeping Sedum, Artemisia, Aster, lambs ear, Russian sage, Salvia, and Karl Forester grass.


A butterfly sundial is the centerpiece among nectar plants.

Butterfly Garden

Winding through the Wetland Garden, past the Butterfly and Bird Gardens, the stream empties into a pool in the Midwest Garden.

Stream Garden


Interactive Map

Step deeper into nature through our interactive map and discover more about each garden as you explore.