2017: Water

Washed Ashore

Water is life! In 2017 Reiman Gardens celebrates water as its theme and the plant, insect and human lives it sustains. The Gardens is alive with colorful displays inspired by all things water-related – from umbrellas and fountains to sea monsters and surfing. The importance of water will be on display with the Washed Ashore™ exhibit whose trash to art sculptures highlights the importance of clean water. Join us at the Gardens as we show you the power and beauty of water in the Gardens!

sculpture exhibit: “Washed Ashore™”

throughout Reiman Gardens from April 29 – October 31

Reiman Gardens will feature 10, larger-than-life sea creature sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the issue of the pollution in our oceans and waterways. Clean water is important to all life, and Reiman Gardens is the first public garden to bring you this message of conservation, protection and recycling through these original, inventive and imaginative garbage-to-art sculptures. CLICK HERE to learn more.

garden display: “Cardinal Tide”

in the Hughes Conservatory from August 18 – November 11

Red is on display this fall in the Conservatory. While you may not visit a beach experiencing a crimson tide, you won’t want to miss the Iowa State inspired plant-based Cardinal Tide that engulfs the Conservatory.

garden display: “Snow & Ice”

in the Hughes Conservatory from November 18 – January 6

The popular RG Express train returns for the holidays, and this year it chugs through a landscape of snow and ice! Shimmering icicles, beautiful snowflakes, white poinsettias and snow-flocked trees will create a frozen landscape for the whimsical train display. This year will feature a brand new structure, the Marston Water Tower, which will become a permanent part of the annual display.


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