Upcoming Events

Beginner Photo Basics Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join professional photographer and instructor, Mark Stoltenberg, for an intensive two-day workshop covering the basics of photography including: equipment (and how to use it), depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject, & "tips and tricks".

Each class is broken into 3 parts: classroom discussion, hands-on practice taking pictures by the students and review of the images taken.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera & sturdy tripod, and a sack lunch to enjoy in the Gardens.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, August 23. Cost is $60 for members and $75 for the general public. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.” CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Nature Connects® Artist’s Challenge

Friday, August 26 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. on display
Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. winners announced & labeled
Sunday, August 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on display

This event will showcase the work of local artists using LEGO® bricks, displaying pieces of their own design to interpret the theme, “The House that Nature Built.”

Entries must be submitted by digital image between Wednesday, August 17 and Wednesday, August 24 and delivered to the Gardens for display by 10:00 a.m. August 26th.

Judges will select winning entries in 4 different age levels based on color, creativity, and connection to nature, and present awards on Saturday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m.  Pieces must be removed between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28.

Submit images with name and age to smerritt@iastate.edu. No preregistration required. Included with the price of admission. Admission is free for members and Iowa State University students. For admission, the general public pays $8 for adults, $7 for seniors ages 65+, $4 for kids ages 4-17, and free for kids ages 3 and under.

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Fall Color Photography

A four week course on Mondays August 8, August 15, August 22, and August 29 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Come learn how to capture stunning fall images. Join award winning photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg of Mark Stoltenberg Photography for a class exploring the "how-to’s” of taking great pictures of fall colors. Learn proper camera settings, as well as the best composition and angles for shooting.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod.  Prerequisite: Beginner Photography or instructor permission.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, August 4. Cost is $72 for members and $90 for the general public. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.” CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Great Plants for Iowa

Monday, August 29 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Topic: "Vines" - They climb, ramble, and cling – learn more about the many ornamental vines that can spruce up an arbor, trellis, deck, or building.  Perennial and annual, as well as woody and herbaceous vines will be discussed.

Great Plants for Iowa series will allow participants to develop knowledge of the wide variety of garden plants that grow well in Central Iowa. Covering nearly 500 plants, these 16 classes are spread across several years.  Each class focuses on identification, cultural requirements, and the use of the plants in gardens and the broader landscape.  These classes are perfect for avid amateur gardeners and plant enthusiasts, aspiring horticulture professionals, horticulturists, garden designers, landscape architects seeking professional development, and Master Gardeners looking for continuing education credits. There are no prerequisites and you are welcome to take one or all the classes each year.

Class dates are August 22, August 29, September 12 and September 19. Sign up for one class or all four.

Preregistration and prepayment required. Cost for members is $16 for one class and $44 for all four classes. The general public pays $20 for one class and $55 for all four classes. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.” CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Intermediate Photography: Taking Control of Your Camera

A four week course on Tuesdays August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Take your photography to the next level with this four-part class. Building on concepts from Beginner Photography with practical application and further exploration of the tools, mechanics, and process, take creative control of your photographs. Emphasis will be on improving familiarity with manual control of aperture, shutter, lighting and flash.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. Prerequisite: Beginner Photography or instructor permission.

Registration with pre-payment is required by Friday, August 5. Cost is $72 for members and $90 for the general public. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.” CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Kids’ Story Time

Tuesday, August 30 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Each session features a theme with two or three books read aloud followed by a related craft or activity. The books, crafts and activities are intended for children ages two to seven years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Kid’s Story Time is free for members and Iowa State University students. Included with regular price of admission for the general public. Preregistration is required for groups larger than 10 and is highly recommended for everyone else. CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Light Painting (Photography)

A four week program on Wednesdays, August 10, August 17, August 24 and August 31 from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Learn how to “paint” at night with various light sources and capture the images in your camera. Join Mark Stoltenberg for a 4-week class exploring this unique photographic technique that dates back to 1889. Emphasis will be on proper technique, the right tools and learning how to identify and capture the best subjects. Do not miss this “fun and creative” class!

Please note that this class meets from 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. Please bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera, a flashlight, fresh batteries, cable release for your DSLR camera, a sturdy tripod and an external camera flash (optional). Beginner Photography is the prerequisite for this class.

Registration with pre-payment is required by Friday, August 5. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for the general public. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.” CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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Halloween Decoration Workshop: Ghoulish Gourds

Friday, September 2 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Create your own one-of-a-kind hand-painted ghoulish gourd, with guidance from Kathy Houck, artist and member of the Iowa Gourd Society. Participants will each receive one small gourd, dried and hollowed, to paint and take home. Kathy will share examples of her own artful gourds and will demonstrate a variety of painting techniques to achieve a range of effects – paint yours to stand on a table or use wire for a hanging ornament!

Ages 12 and up. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Wednesday, August 31. Cost is $32 and $40 for the general public. Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.”

CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

 

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2016 Last Day of Summer Hours

Today marks the last day of Reiman Gardens summer hours. Starting tomorrow our hours will be:

General gardens: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Butterfly Wing: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gift Shop: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Parent/Child Nature Meditation

A four-week program on Tuesdays September 6, September 13, September 20, and September 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

A therapeutic horticulture program

Geared specifically to help deepen the parent/child relationship, learn how to turn your nature experience into a reflective meditation that you can practice at home or in other locations. Expressive therapies instructor Camilla Kottman will lead you both through progressive relaxation, guided imagery, and physical techniques to help promote wellness and relaxation. Appropriate for parents with children ages 6-12.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Friday, September 2.

Cost for youth/adult pair is $44 for members and $55 for the general public.

Each additional youth is $4 for members and $5 for the general public.

Iowa State University students receive 15% off the member price for most education programs at Reiman Gardens. Click the link below to select programs at the member rate, then scroll to the bottom of the page, enter promotion code ‘isu’ and then click “continue.”

CLICK HERE to register online or call 515-294-2710.

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