Beautiful plants and insects, both indoors and out, promise visitors an enchanting experience. The outdoor gardens are full of plants and flowers indigenous to Iowa, while tropical species are the star at the indoor conservatory.
My favorite exhibit, the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, adjoins the conservatory. Here, I particularly enjoyed watching a green and black butterfly stop at several plants looking for sweet nectar.
The Butterfly Wing is home to hundreds of butterflies of several species. Upon entering, be sure to watch the door so that no beauties escape. Take the walk inside and delight in an array of fluttering colorful wings; each butterfly is looking for its favorite flower or plant. Enjoy the tranquil water displays where butterflies hover, searching for a landing place.
Check yourself in the mirror as you exit the Butterfly Wing to ensure you’re not transporting a hitchhiker. Then make your way to a nearby area and learn more about the species of butterflies and moths at Reiman Gardens.
A handy smartphone app provides up-to-the-minute details about the Butterfly Wing. As I write this blog, 736 butterflies representing 76 species are dancing about. Butterfly fanatics can also use the app to identify a specific butterfly and learn more about it.
The gardens are open year-round and often host captivating special events. A new theme is adopted annually to keep the visitor experience fresh. If you’ve been to Reiman Gardens previously, it’s worth a repeat visit. In 2017, the theme is water.
Top off your experience in the gift shop with a garden-inspired gift or a new piece of home décor.