Intern Blog

Each year, Reiman Gardens has a theme, and this year the theme is water. You can see this all throughout the Gardens in the plants that are growing, in the programs that we offer, and in the exhibit that is on display. This summer, Reiman Gardens is hosting some of […]

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Despite the dry days the Ames area has experienced this summer, water at Reiman Gardens is far from absent! In addition to the brilliant Washed Ashore™ sculptures scattered across the Gardens that illustrate the impact of water pollution on our oceans and the life it sustains, this season’s annual plants […]

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In keeping with Reiman Gardens’ 2017 theme of water, the Hughes Conservatory brings the beach to the all too continental Ames. Suspended from the ceiling of the Conservatory is an impressive, giant sculpture of a jelly fish. As part of the Washed Ashore exhibition, the jellyfish is constructed from trash […]

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In the main hallway, near the butterfly display case, visitors to Reiman Gardens can view ambitious plans for the Gardens’ future, which are well underway with the ongoing construction of the new Hillside Garden. With exciting developments in the rest of the Gardens, the original Hughes Conservatory could use its […]

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These days, the temperature creeps up to the tip-top of the 90’s, making everyone a little more thankful for trees and their gracious shade. Not only are we humans relieved by this shielding of summer sunlight, the numerous annuals dotted throughout Reiman Gardens are moreover found at the mercy of […]

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As the plant collections intern, one of my responsibilities is to curate the Plants of Interest table at Reiman Gardens. Each Monday, I choose a theme for the table that I believe the public will take interest in, whether that be based on morphological characters, evolutionary relationships, or plant properties. […]

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Hello, hello! My name is Sydney, and I am the Plant Collections and Records intern here at Reiman Gardens this summer. In the fall, I will be a junior at Iowa State working towards a degree in Biology. It was just this past year that I discovered my love for […]

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As one of the education interns, my job includes a lot of planning and brainstorming. We have a few weekly programs like Kids Story Time and Plant Pals that we are always working to improve. We also have some less frequent programs like our summer camps that require even more […]

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My name is Ayla Hendrickson, and I’m this summer’s indoor horticulture intern, which means I work in Reiman Gardens’ Hughes Conservatory and greenhouses. More often than not people raise their eyebrows when I tell them that I am going into my fourth year in architecture, seemingly confused with the connection […]

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For my intern leadership experience, my boss, Val Throne, and I went to the gift market in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was my job to pick products, quantity, cost, and display the products purchased. Val and I decided it was appropriate to focus on recycled or repurposed products due to the […]

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