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.
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