Upcoming Events

Beginner Photography

A four-week program on Mondays October 3, October 10, October 17, and October 24 from 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, and "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 throughout the year.

Preregistration with prepayment is required. 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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Family Yoga in the Gardens

A six-week class on Mondays October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, and November 7 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

A therapeutic horticulture program

This series was so popular we’re continuing it this fall! Light-hearted and focused on the kids (age 3+ with an adult), expect some music, color, and stories, as well as traditional yoga poses. Adults may choose to get on a mat or just observe, but it’s a lot more fun on the mat! Plus, we will go outside if the weather is nice.

Instructor Nan Bonfils, Creative Director at Centering Porch, is a student at Yoga Center of Boone, and has trained with Yoga Kids International. She has shared the joy of yoga with youngsters at United Community School and Ericson Public Library.

Each class features a different color theme, so dress to express! This week’s color is pink.

Register for the series, or attend individual sessions. Preregistration with prepayment is HIGHLY encouraged.

Series cost for one youth/adult pair: $40 for members and $50 for the general public
Cost per class for one youth/adult pair: $8 for members and $10 for the general public
Each additional youth: $3 for members and $4 per class 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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Lyrical Interpretation

A four-week program on Tuesdays October 4, October 11, October 18, and October 25 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

A therapeutic horticulture program

Explore the connections between writing and music in a beautiful setting with guidance from therapeutic expression instructor Camilla Kottman. Participants will consider thoughts and feelings evoked by elements of music, genres, and lyrics, and may also write their own personal lyrics. Open to anyone ages 13+.

Preregistration and prepayment is required by Friday, September 30. Cost is $36 for members and $45 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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Night Photography

A four-week program on Tuesdays October 4, October 11, October 18, and October 25 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to capture images of the moon, star trails, and city lights as treasured instructor 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.  Beginner Photography is the prerequisite for this class.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Friday, September 30.  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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Photography: The Art of Seeing 2: In the Moment

A four-week program on Wednesdays October 5, October 12, October 19 and October 26 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will work to put the lessons from the Art of Seeing into practical application. Learn “hands on” to pay more attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories. Join award winning photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg of Mark Stoltenberg Photography as he teaches you to better “see” and “capture” the world around you.

Please bring the following to each class: your DSLR camera and a sturdy tripod.  Beginner Photography and The Art of Seeing are prerequisites for this class.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Friday, September 30. 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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Making Meaning with Color: Dry Media

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

A therapeutic horticulture program

Create drawings from suggested imagery in dry media such as chalk pastels, charcoal, and graphite, with expressive therapies instructor Camilla Kottman. Participants will be introduced to color theory and art therapy principals to interpret their work. Open to anyone ages 13+.

Preregistration and prepayment is required by Tuesday, October 4. Cost is $48 for members and $60 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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Youth Program: Caterpillar Club

Thursday, October 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

If you like Kids Story Time, you’ll flip for Caterpillar Club!  Please join us for winter storytelling twice per month, from October to March. Each gathering features a theme as we read aloud two or three books, and wrap up with related cooperative activities and crafts great for groups and individuals alike. Materials are intended for children ages two to seven years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Let’s hang out together!

Topic: Color Changes through the Seasons

Caterpillar Club 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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Open Art & Gathering in the Gardens

Friday, October 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Artists, come together for an informal gathering with time to draw or paint on the grounds of Reiman Gardens! Whether you work in watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, oil, or other drawing/painting media, bring your lunch and your artistic materials to Reiman Gardens and work freely in the beautiful setting. Begin the morning with donuts and coffee, then meet artist and facilitator Glenice Miller, who will keep you on task and offer pointers for whatever it is you choose to do. Close out the day by sharing your progress with the group or not. Each participant will also have the opportunity to submit work for a group display in Reiman Gardens’ Garden Room Gallery.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, October 4. Cost per session is $5 for members and $15 for the general public (includes admission). 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 Bonsai Show

Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bonsai enthusiasts look forward to early October at Reiman Gardens because that is the traditional time for the Annual Iowa Bonsai Association Fall Show. The Gardens is hosting this event the weekend of October 8 and 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bonsai has many different styles as well as many different species that lend themselves to treatment as bonsai. For several past shows we have used a theme to highlight some of these styles—forests, literati, shohin, and so forth. This fall the only thematic presence is that exhibitors will show some of their favorite bonsais. Bonsai speak to their creators. For others to get a sense of what the artist sees in the bonsai tree, companion pieces are often needed—companion plants, kusamono, rocks, or even small sculptures or found objects. As the Beetles lyric says: “I get by with some help from my friends.” The full presentation thus is a tree in a pot, on a stand, with one or more companion pieces, on their own stands. You view a multi-part composition, with an integrated meaning. The “friends” bring out the best in the bonsai, as they do for us as individuals. Lean in, listen close, and maybe you can even hear the conversation.

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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Nature Craft: Autumn Series

September 10, September 17, October 8, October 15, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Exploring nature is an integral part these fun, creative crafts that anyone (especially kids!) can make in the Gardens. Stop by our Nature Craft Station outside, gather natural materials, and craft your unique creation to celebrate the season. Drop-in program for the whole family.

Craft:  Leaf Art -- Leaf Paintings

This is an outdoor activity, and will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather.

No preregistration required. Free with admission, which is free for members and Iowa State University students. The general public pays $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors ages 65+, $4 for kids ages 4-17 and free for kids ages three and under. Suggested donation is $1/project.

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