The Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds is a cooperative effort between the Polk County Master Gardeners and the Iowa State Fair. It began in 1983 as a small bed of annuals named "The Children's Garden" planted on the south side of the Agricultural Building. In the mid-nineties, care of the area was assigned to the Polk County Master Gardeners. Under our guidance, the Discovery Garden has grown into a beautiful spot maintained by volunteers and visited by thousands each year! Here are a few highlights you can check out at the garden:
While the intent of the Garden is to peak at the Iowa State Fair, it provides interest, color and a place to relax throughout the season. There is rarely a time when the Garden isn't in use whether by wandering gardeners, families with children interested in crawling through the tunnel, wedding parties, or someone just looking for a place to eat lunch or read a book. It is also a favorite place for photographers who value the variety of colorful borders which make up the Garden.