Inspiring Iowa

flower tower in the campaniel garden with planted beds and a decorative campanile sculpture behind it

This summer I have been working as an intern at Reiman Gardens. It has been a lot of fun, and I am really learning a lot, not only about plants but how a public gardens runs. Every year at the Gardens the staff get together to create a new theme. This year’s theme is called “More than Meets the Iowa”. Throughout the Gardens we have been working to prepare several flower beds as well as putting up displays that represent this theme. There are several art sculptures such as the recycled whale sculptures. All of these pieces are created and inspired by Iowa artists. Along with the sculptures we have been creating garden spaces that also represent Iowa landscape. For the past week in particular we have been working in the Campanile Garden which has been inspired to look like the paintings of Grant Woods, a well -known American Midwest artist from Anamosa, Iowa.

Written by Kara Orr