Travel Iowa

Official blog for Iowa Tourism promoting Iowa's attractions, events, communities & destinations.

Get your free account at Travel Iowa.

  • Vote

    for your favorite new posts
  • Publish

    your own original blog posts
  • Earn

    $20 for your posts voted to Top Posts
  • Sign Up!
Find Oceanic Artwork in Our Land-Locked State
Facebook Tweet Google+ Pinterest Email More Sharing Options

Find Oceanic Artwork in Our Land-Locked State

Reiman Gardens is one springtime experience you won’t want to miss. Established in 1914, the gardens were originally intended to support the education of Iowa State University horticulture students. Thanks to a generous donation from Roy and Bobbi Reiman in 1994, the gardens moved to their current 17-acre location. They continue to provide a hands-on learning environment for students, and also serve as an impressive entrance to the city of Ames and ISU’s campus.

The garden oasis includes permanent displays like the Children’s Garden, Town and Country Garden, and Lake Helen. In 2002, a Conservatory Complex and the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing were added to the grounds. Like the University, Reiman Gardens promotes education and innovation and hosts traveling exhibits.

An annual theme keeps the visitor experience fresh. In 2017, Reiman Gardens celebrates water, an homage to its role in sustaining all forms of life on earth. Through the year – and throughout the gardens – exhibits such as sea monster fountains, and umbrellas hanging from the atrium and hallway ceilings will convey this theme. The current rotating display is a series of sculptures called “Washed Ashore” that consists of ten larger-than-life sea creatures composed solely of trash collected from the earth’s oceans.

Exhibits in 2017 showcase water in different forms, including an ice display scheduled for this winter.

Reiman Gardens is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. General admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Click here to learn more about Reiman Gardens their exhibit schedule.

Leave a Comment

  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    Thanks for the post!
    Log in to reply.

Sign Up to Vote!

10 second sign-up with Facebook or Google

Already a member? Log in to vote.