Upcoming Events

Gardening & Insects
Great Plants for Iowa: Houseplants

Monday, September 25, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

They have been attributed to better health, happiness and air quality; houseplants are a big part of many people’s homes. Attend this class to learn how to grow the many common tropical foliage and flowering houseplants. 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. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Friday, September 22.

$16 Members
$20 General Public
$13.60 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, September 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us WEEKLY this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Materials are intended for children ages two to seven years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is highly encouraged to secure materials.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public

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Events
Bonsai Show

Saturday September 30, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
and Sunday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Reiman Gardens will host the Iowa Bonsai Association (IBA) Fall Show. Iowans look forward to the annual Iowa Bonsai Association show at Reiman Gardens. The public is invited to the annual Bonsai Show in conjunction with the Iowa Bonsai Association. Bonsai, an ancient East Asian art form that weds plant horticulture and art is a rapidly growing and popular passion in the West.

On Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, the Bonsai Association and its sister club from Eastern Iowa will have a formal showing of some of the finest bonsai in Iowa.

In conjunction with the Bonsai Show, IBA docents will be available to walk visitors through the show and answer bonsai related questions. The theme for this year's exhibit, Bonsai 101, will be presented to the public in a Power Point/lecture format both days at 1:00 p.m.

Bonsai styling and design demonstrations will be offered concurrent with the show. An area bonsai vendor and an IBA sales table with all related bonsai materials will be available to the public.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Iowa Bonsai Association.

No preregistration required to attend the Bonsai Show. Free for members and Iowa State University students. Cost of admission for the general public is $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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Events
Last Day of Summer Hours

Today marks the last day of Reiman Gardens' summer hours. Summer hours are from May 1 until September 30.

Starting October 1 our hours will be:

Outdoor gardens plus the  indoor plant Conservatory - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gift Shop - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Butterfly Wing - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No registration required.

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Education Program
Serendipity Dyeing: Making Magic with Flowers, Leaves, and Berries

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join expert Maggie Howe of Prairieland Herbs to explore a dye experience like no other. Create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf as well as beautiful cotton fabric using a huge variety of easy-to-obtain dyestuffs: fresh garden flowers, herbs, leaves, and a variety of everyday items, such as copper pennies, spent teabags, berries, kitchen spices, and much more. The results are always varied and completely unique! Create and take home your own custom dyed 11x60 inch silk scarf and one fat quarter of cotton fabric.

All materials supplied. You can take advantage of the dyestuff and dye as many scarves/fabric you like for an extra small fee. (Hint, this is a GREAT way to make some fabric or scarves for gifting or sewing a very special project.) Adults and ages 12+ welcome. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Wednesday, September 20.

$48 Members
$60 General Public
$40.80 ISU Students

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Events
Bonsai Show

Saturday September 30, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
and Sunday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Reiman Gardens will host the Iowa Bonsai Association (IBA) Fall Show. Iowans look forward to the annual Iowa Bonsai Association show at Reiman Gardens. When Americans first encountered bonsai it was thought of as a Japanese phenomenon, but in the last few decades it has become very much an American pursuit. There are now, in Iowa, bonsai that have received honors at national exhibitions. See a collection of bonsai on display as well as for sale.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Iowa Bonsai Association.

No preregistration required to attend the Bonsai Show. Free for members and Iowa State University students. Cost of admission for the general public is $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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Photography
Beginner Photography

4-week program beginning Monday, October 2, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg for a four-part class 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 with sturdy tripod, and dress for the weather. This class is the prerequisite for many other photography classes offered at Reiman Gardens. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, September 28. Register early – this class fills fast!

$76 Members
$95 General Public
$64.60 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Family Yoga – Stories with a Twist

4-week program beginning Monday, October 2, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Come to the Gardens and warm up in these light-hearted parent/child yoga classes that incorporate stories about autumn. Bend, stretch, twist, balance and then relax in authentic yoga poses reshaped for youngsters. Instructor Nan Bonfils is Creative Director at Centering Porch and has trained with Yoga Kids International. Ages 3+ with an adult. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Friday, September 29. Perfect in combination with Parent/Child Dance & Movement!

For Youth/Adult Pair:
$40 Members ($12 for each additional youth)
$50 General Public ($16 for each additional youth)
$34 ISU Students ($10.20 for each additional youth)

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Therapeutic Horticulture
Introspective Writing

4-week program beginning Monday, October 2, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

With the Gardens as inspiration, engage in writing about what resides within through quiet introspection and reflection. Expressive therapies instructor Camilla Kottman will help participants discover the connections between their inner life and their experiences with the external environment through the five senses.

Open to anyone ages 13+. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, September 28.

$36 Members
$45 General Public
$30.60 ISU Students

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Photography
Night Photography

4-week program beginning Tuesday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to capture images of the moon, star trails, and city lights as Mark Stoltenberg helps you practice the techniques of taking night images with existing light. The class will meet one night on Main Street to shoot the city lights (date to be determined).

Please bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera, a sturdy tripod, AND a cable release for your DSLR camera. PREREQUISITE: Beginner Photography or instructor permission. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, September 28.

$76 Members
$95 General Public
$64.60 ISU Students

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