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There’s Always Something New at Reiman Gardens

Whether through our annual themes, ever-changing landscapes, constantly replenished array of exotic butterflies, or the hues of Iowa’s variable seasons, Reiman Gardens offers something unique with each visit.

Reiman Gardens celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. All year, the Gardens will celebrate the amazing achievements of the past and look towards our future goals. Visit the Gardens throughout the year to see our festive displays featuring fireworks, punch, parties, and more. Learn about Reiman Gardens’ past and be inspired by what the future will bring. Interact with the Gardens in eight treehouses all honoring the Gardens, and of course the trees!

Photo caption: paper cut artwork by Linda Emmerson commissioned to celebrate Reiman Gardens’ 20th anniversary. Click on the image to view larger.

2015 sponsors include: Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, HyVee, Green Hills Retirement Community, Wells Fargo, and the Story County Community Foundation.

InTREEguing TREEhouses :: Throughout the Gardens (April 25 through October 25)

Experience the beauty of the natural world from a new perspective with this interactive, life-size outdoor display featuring eight treehouses scattered throughout Reiman Gardens. Each site-specific treehouse showcases the talents of local designers, architects, artists, and students, and is inspired by the surrounding trees and a unique cultural or social event. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Orchid Extravaganza :: Hughes Conservatory (January 11 through April 18)

It has been more than ten years since Reiman Gardens last featured an orchid display, and this one will be an extravaganza! Celebrate this unique group of plants with hundreds of colorful blossoms that will surely brighten any winter blues. Learn how these flowering plants interact with insects in their native environments and gain a new admiration for these amazing, diverse and beautiful blooms.

Boom in Bloom :: Campanile Garden & Herb Garden (Mid-April through Mid-May)

The annual spring tradition continues. This year the Gardens will explode with thousands of colorful tulip blooms. More than 28,000 bulbs planted last fall will light up the Gardens alongside thousands of other perennial daffodils, squill, and other bulbs that help welcome spring every year. Enjoy spring with an array of gardens bursting with color.

Garden Party :: Conservatory (April 19 to mid August)

Since it opened in 2002, the Hughes Conservatory has featured more than 50 unique and beautiful horticultural displays. This summer we will reinvent the wonder and beauty of these varied floral displays of the past.

Our Past and Key to the Future :: Stafford Garden (May through October)

The prairie plants featured in the Stafford Garden represent Iowa’s past. Learn more about the beautiful tall-grass prairies that once blanketed the state and the way these incredible grasses and forbs can be the key to preserving the land for future Iowans.

The Relish Tray :: Home Production Garden (May through October)

Food is an important addition to any event, and the vegetable crudité is an absolute must for a seasonal garden party. Go behind the scenes to experience what these entertaining veggies look like before they are put on the party platter. All-American Selection (AAS) winners from the past 20 years will be featured, showing you great vegetable varieties you can grow at home to serve at your next get-together.

Punch & MerriMINT :: Herb Garden (May through October)

Punch and parties go together. Historically, all punches included the same five ingredients: sugar, alcohol, lemon, water and tea or spices. The Herb Garden features the botanical components that go into the punch bowl, including spices like nutmeg, ginger, allspice and, of course, mint!

Boom in Bloom :: Campanile Garden (May through October)

The middle of summer features fireworks on the fourth of July, but this summer the Campanile Garden will explode with color all season. Awe-inspiring pyrotechnics commemorate big events, and Reiman Gardens’ 20th Anniversary is the perfect occasion to celebrate with flowers bursting into colorful patterns inspired by fireworks.

Little Landscapes :: Children’s Garden (May through October)

Travel through the Children’s Garden to take a look into the past, present and future. Miniature landscapes will enchant children of all ages with topiary dinosaurs walking through tropics, dwarf plants and miniature buildings reflecting the earth today, and an arid landscape featuring enchanting desert plants as a possible future.

Harvest Festival :: Hughes Conservatory (mid August  through November)

With autumn comes harvest time, and what better way to recognize that than with a good ol‘ fashioned Harvest Festival. Celebrate the abundance of Iowa’s fields and savor the colors and flowers of autumn with a festive display. See an unbelievably detailed g-scale railroad display created by Applied Imagination that transports the fall harvest while passing by replicas of favorite buildings from Iowa State University’s historical campus.

Treasures from the Attic :: Hughes Conservatory (November through January 10)

Each holiday season, many families carry down from the attic treasured family holiday decorations collected over the years. This holiday season, Reiman Gardens will do the same, taking a cue from holiday displays from the past. A new enchanting exhibition will bring back the topiary and 15-foot poinsettia tree from years ago and introduce a new holiday tradition with a whimsical holiday train that will enchant and amaze visitors young and old!