Upcoming Events

Education Program
Needle Felting Workshop

This program will be rescheduled for a future date.

Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Learn to make a small fiber “painting” from wool roving, with fiber artist and instructor, Betty Chamness Trost. The beautiful art of needle felting uses a sharp needle to agitate wool, making the fibers “stick” together – resulting in luscious landscapes of color and shape. Practice this extraordinary technique and take home your very own miniature fiber wall hanging. All materials provided.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, April 24.

$36 Members
$45 General Public
$30.60 ISU Students

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Events
Opening Weekend of Summer Exhibit

Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Washed Ashore will be the major annual exhibit for Reiman Gardens in 2017, coinciding perfectly with the Gardens’ annual theme of “water.” Reiman Gardens will feature 10, giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. Sculptures are up to 12 feet tall and 15 feet long. The exhibit will run April 29 - October 31, 2017.

IMPACT
Marine debris is a planet-wide problem. Approximately 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year and less than 10% of that is recycled. Much of it ends up in the ocean. This exhibit is a wake-up call for all of us, whether we live near the ocean or in the heart of the Midwest. We are all effected by water pollution, not only from trash that is thrown into the oceans, but also into our own Iowa rivers and streams.

Reiman Gardens will be the first public gardens in the entire country to host this colorful, garbage-to-art exhibit, joining the ranks of the Smithsonian, National Zoo, Denver Zoo, SeaWorld Parks, the San Francisco Zoo and more!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the exhibit.

No registration required.

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Photography
Registration full.
Black & White Digital Photography

A four-week program on Mondays beginning May 1, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

This course builds on the technical foundations of digital photography, expanding on your ability to see form, shape and texture as a photographer. Professional photographer Mark Stoltenberg will help you to look at the world in a whole new way as you further explore the tools, techniques, and identify the best subject matter to create black and white digital images. Your DSLR camera may allow you to shoot directly to B&W, but the process of learning to convert your color digital image into B&W, with the use of software, is key to this course.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. Beginner photography or instructor permission is the prerequisite for this class. Registration with pre-payment is required by Wednesday, April 26.

$76 Members
$95 General Public
$64.60 ISU Students

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Events
Registration full.
First Day of Summer Hours

Today marks Reiman Gardens' first day of its extended summer hours. Summer hours are from May 1 until September 30.

The hours are as follows:

Outdoor gardens plus the  indoor plant Conservatory - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gift Shop - 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Butterfly Wing - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No registration required.

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Gardening & Insects
Water Lily Repotting Workshop

Monday, May 1, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join Jamie Beyer – Master Gardener and Water Plant Expert – for a hands on demonstration of the proper way to pot water lilies and other water plants. If you prefer, you can bring a water lily (or marginal plant) of your own that we will re-pot for you or you can take home a water lily that we will pot up during the demonstration. Special aquatic plant pots will be provided along with a high quality water lily and a marginal plant. All plants will be fertilized for the season. This is a chance to walk home with some great plants potted up the right way and the knowledge to do it right! Preregistration with prepayment is required by Wednesday, Friday, April 26.

$20 Members
$25 General Public
$17 ISU Students

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Photography
Macro Photography 3: Water

A four-week program on Tuesdays beginning May 2, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Take your close-up photography to the next level by incorporating water in compositions into your shots with this four-week course with expert photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg. Mark will take you through the steps to set up and capture sharp images like a strawberry dropped in water, marbled “smoke” effects, and water droplets.

You will need to bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and sturdy tripod. MACRO 1 is the prerequisite for this class. Registration with pre-payment is required by Wednesday, April 26.

$76 Members
$95 General Public
$64.60 ISU Students

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Photography
Beginner Photography

A four-week program on Wednesdays beginning May 3, 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 & sturdy tripod. This class is the prerequisite for many other photography classes offered at Reiman Gardens. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Wednesday, April 26. Register early – this class fills up fast!

$76 Members
$95 General Public
$64.60 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Kids Story Time

Thursday, May 4, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

*NEW DAY! This much-loved storytelling program has returned with a strong literacy focus every week. Each session features a theme with two or three books read aloud followed by a related activity. Books, crafts and activities are intended for children ages two to seven years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Preregistration is required for groups larger than 10 and is highly recommended for everyone else.

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

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Events
Mid Iowa Woodcarvers Show

Saturday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Mid-Iowa Woodcarvers return for their one-day show on Saturday, May 6!  Guests will have the opportunity to view carving contest entries, watch carving demonstrations and participate in a hands-on lesson in whittling.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Mid-Iowa Woodcarvers.

Free for members and ISU students.
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

No registration required.

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Free Admission Day

Wednesday, May 10 , 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

It’s important to make the beauty and educational value of Reiman Gardens as available as possible to all. On the second Wednesday of every month, all guests may visit Reiman Gardens free of charge. The Gardens will still maintain its standard hours.

Free days are subject to change.

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