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Where plants & people meet

Art Terrarium in the Des Moines skywalk

The idea for Art Terrarium was born in the downtown skywalks, as a pop up during Des Moines Art Week 2016. Owner Andrea Metzler and several friends gathered over 30 Des Moines artists and a collection of plants from Harvey’s Greenhouse for a two day art filled experience. As they looked at the art filled skywalk bridges, they thought, “It feels like we’re in a terrarium filled with art...an Art Terrarium!”

A year later, Art Terrarium became a brick and mortar shop in downtown Des Moines, with a mission to build community around the love of plants and local art. Over the years, our little shop has morphed into an urban oasis, a place to relax and gather amongst the plants. Through workshops, classes, and our knowledgeable staff, our goal is to equip every guest with the tools they need to be successful plant parents. 

At AT, we love to find the best and most unique plants perfect for any space and beautiful, handcrafted planters and gifts from local and national artisans. Our joy comes from helping customers find the plants that perfectly match their skill level and specific space needs, and helping folks through their plant care journey from the beginning.


Our Core Values

Houseplants are for everyone.

No matter your skill level or space, we believe you and your plants can thrive together. We make sure our customers leave feeling knowledgeable and confident in caring for their new plant babes.

Plant nerds through and through.

What can we say - we love plants! We’re always growing (ope) our knowledge of new plants and plant care, and we love problem solving with customers to make plant dreams come true.

Where plants & people meet.

We’re passionate about building community in Des Moines and creating a welcoming, exciting and cute AF shop. We love supporting local makers and new ideas.

Pop on down to the shop - we can't wait to see you!