2016: Color

In 2016, Reiman Gardens will celebrate color for its theme. From garden-inspired Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® bricks sculptures in classic bold colors, to a rainbow of tulips; from romantically lush landscapes designed with inspiration by landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll to bright colored plantings in the Children’s Garden, the Gardens will be alive with color and beauty. Join us on a journey to explore the amazing colors that surround us in the Gardens.

Sculpture Exhibit: “Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks” by Sean Kenney”

from April 23 through October 31

It’s back! Reiman Gardens will host the popular and very colorful Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks exhibit with all new sculptures and everyone is hoping to be part of the excitement! Simulating how all living things are interconnected, the exhibit features 13 larger than life, eye-popping displays made with 500,000 LEGO® brick pieces by artist Sean Kenney. When the Gardens first featured the Nature Connects exhibit in 2012, it was greeted with much enthusiasm. This exhibit features brand new sculptures and plenty of opportunities to fascinate children (and adults) of all ages. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Garden Display “Cardinal & Gold”

in the Hughes Conservatory from August 26 through November 13

At Iowa State University, cardinal and gold are not just the colors many of our deciduous trees transform to in the fall! While the football team wins games in nearby Jack Trice Stadium, Reiman Gardens will be celebrating the red and gold autumnal colors found in the Gardens each autumn with an exciting display focused on ISU cardinal and gold plants in the Hughes Conservatory.

Garden Display “Sugar & Spice” Holiday Train

in the Hughes Conservatory from November 18 through January 8

The popular RG Express train returns for the holidays, and this year it chugs through a sweeter landscape! From gumdrops to candy canes to ribbon candy, the holidays are full of colorful candies and food. Our whimsical train display will be as sweet as can be in the Hughes Conservatory with plantings inspired by colorful candy.

Gallery Art Show by Erna Waterman

in the Garden Room from September 2 through December 31

My Aunt Peggy said “life is a gamble at best” and that sums up art for me. Sometimes my artistic style is a slow rocky road with a few wonderful small delights along the way. Sometimes my art is a fast and fabulous creation. Other times my artwork missed the mark, which after giving it a rest, is recycled as a foundation to build a more contemporary piece from what comes to mind at the time I begin again anew.

I enjoy sketching often to improve my visual focus. I sketch people on the light rail train (Downtown Denver’s mall shuttle) and airports. Sketching is a way to figure out what is important and ignore what it not important. I earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, as well as degrees in geology and environmental/civil engineering. Some people are surprised by the various degrees but they have suited me well.

I work in a variety of mediums (watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media and encaustic) and subject matter. I enjoy working on a theme or series when possible. Some of these are skies, rocks at the water’s edge, fall colors, cats, birds, florals, and interesting places. I hope my artwork is a treasure to enjoy to those who buy them. I really appreciate your interest and support.

I am a native of Colorado reared in the high San Luis Valley surrounded by the San Juan and the Sangre De Cristo mountain ranges. I enjoyed walking the Sand Dunes National Park, fishing and playing in the tributaries to the Rio Grande, and experiencing the Hispanic culture, especially the food. I once lived in and currently visit Utah regularly which like the valley, has wonderful high mountain views.

I’ve lived the last nearly thirty years in Littleton, CO which has many opportunities such as taking art workshops and classes as well as trying other challenges. In 2016, I entered two plein-air painting events, one in Utah (Utah Watercolor Society) where I painted two small watercolors, and the second in Littleton, Colorado where my oil paintings were from scenes at the Carson Nature Center and the Littleton Historic Farm.

My work is a reflection of my life. Hopefully my art is like attending a concert or a play, adding depth to our lives. A quote by Rodin (1840-1917) captures my art journey in that “nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”

Garden Display “Colour & the Cottage Garden”

in the Campanile Garden from May 9 through October 15

British horticulturist and author Gertrude Jekyll changed the way the world looked at garden design in her innovative use of soft colors to convey the sense of romance. Her designs featured drifts of plants in specific colors. She wrote many titles including, Colour in the Flower Garden. Learn about her contribution to modern gardening.

Garden Display “Let’s Color!”

in the Children’s Garden from May 9 through October 15

Crayons, paint brushes, and markers are used by children to color their world. Mother Nature paints the world with equally vibrant flowers, leaves, and insects. Explore the Children’s Garden’s spilling and swirling primary and secondary colors creating a horticultural tapestried work of art!

Garden Display “My Colorful Plate”

in the Home Production Garden from May 9 through October 15

A well-balanced meal includes a colorful plate of fruits and vegetables. Red apples, orange peppers, leafy greens, purple tomatoes, yellow squash and many other healthy foods will be grown in the Home Production Garden this summer. Stop by and learn about MyPlate from the USDA and the colorful vegetables you could grow to fill your own plate.

Garden Display “FluoreSCENT”

in the Herb Garden from May 9 through October 15

Each year the herb garden is packed with delightful aromatic herbs used by cultures around the world for a myriad of uses. Never has it looked so colorful! Stroll and smell the brightly colored flowers mingled with herbs used for essential oils and scents.

Garden Display “Blue Ribbon Garden”

in the Trial Garden from May 9 through October 15

Every summer county fairs across Iowa award blue, red, white and other colorful ribbons for the first, second, and third place contestants. Explore the vibrant Trial Garden where we grow and evaluate plants that become the next blue ribbon winners.

Garden Display “Prairie Prisms”

in the Stafford Garden from May 9 through October 15

Natural coloring for fabric, paper, and other items have been derived from plants and insects for centuries and some of the best dyes originate from native prairies. Stroll through the prairie plantings of the Stafford Garden to learn more about dye-based colors originating from prairie plants and insects.