Awards & Publications

Accolades and Articles

Reiman Gardens has won numerous awards and been featured in many local, regional and national publications. Here are just a few …



2016 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

In the Best of Story County, Reiman Gardens was voted as the best wedding venue in 2016.

2013 Outstanding Tourism Experience

Reiman Gardens  has been named an Outstanding Tourism Experience for 2013 by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa. We are honored to receive such a wonderful award. We could not do it without all of our visitors, members, donors, and volunteers. Thanks to everyone!

2009 People’s Choice – Site of the Year

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the best in heritage development during their Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 8, 2009. More than 70 regional partners attended the event held at the Park Place Event Centre in Cedar Falls.
Reiman Gardens in Ames received “People’s Choice – Site of the Year.” For the first time, SSNHA called for nominations and asked partner sites and visitors to vote online for their favorite site of the year.

“We are blessed in the Heritage Area with many wonderful ambassadors for agriculture’s past, present and future,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “The Golden Silo Awards honor their selfless dedication and commitment.”

2008 Arts in the Workplace Award

Presented by the Ames Community Arts Council, this award is presented to the organization that incorporates art into its business in a creative way.

2008 Attraction of the Year Award

The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented Reiman Gardens with the Attraction of the Year Award for communities over 10,000 population.

All-American Rose Selections Inc.

President’s Award, 2000
Presented to one public garden in the United States each year for superior rose maintenance and display:

“For contributing to the public interest in rose growing through its efforts in maintaining an outstanding public rose garden.”

2007 Travel Iowa Marketplace exhibitor theme winners

The Ames booth, hosted by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau, with donations from Reiman Gardens and Black’s Heritage Farm, was awarded first place during the 2007 Travel Iowa Marketplace held in Ames, IA on September 27, 2007. The display featured an antique potato planter, corn stalks, local produce and baskets holding local attraction brochures, and mini chocolate ears of corn. The 2007 exhibitor theme for the event was “A Harvest of Iowa Tours”. The event was held in Hilton Coliseum and featured over 90 exhibitor booths, representing a variety of Iowa tourism-related businesses and organizations.

2006 Iowa Department of Economic Development and Travel Federation of Iowa annual awards

Best Tourism Web Site Over 10,000 in Population
Best Tourism Consumer Publication Over 10,000 in Population
Best Tourism & the Arts for the entire State of Iowa

2005 Iowa Department of Economic Development and Travel Federation of Iowa annual awards

Best Tourism Technical Marketing Award for the State of Iowa

All American Rose Selections Inc.

Certificate for Superior Maintenance

Reiman Gardens has received this award in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Individual Awards

Iowa Nursery & Landscape Association Merit Award, 2005

Teresa McLaughlin
Director, Reiman Gardens

Iowa State University Professional & Scientific Excellence Award, 2006

Lisa L. Orgler
Assistant Director of Planning and Programs, Reiman Gardens

Iowa State University Professional & Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award, 2006

Nathan G. Brockman
Butterfly Wing Curator, Reiman Gardens

State of Iowa Board of Regents Award for Staff Excellence, 2012

Nathan G. Brockman
Butterfly Wing Curator, Reiman Gardens


Newsweek, February 14, 2011

Reiman Gardens’ giant gnome, Elwood, was featured in Newsweek on page 56 of the February 14, 2011 issue. The story was written by Ramin Setoodeh and focuses on the rising popularity of gnomes, especially with the new Disney movie, Gnomeo and Juliet. Click here to see the article.

Midwest Living, June 2007

“Roses Made Easy” Deb Wiley
An article on low-maintenance roses for any gardener which also discusses “Knock Out” roses, mentions Reiman Gardens as public garden great for viewing of low-maintenance roses developed by Dr. Griffith Buck at Iowa State University.

Better Homes and Gardens’ Special Interest Publication: Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living, Summer 2007

“Herbal Essence”
The herb garden was pictured as an example of how to spice up a garden area simply by adding old kitchen items such as tables, chairs, and pans, to create an engaging, outdoor scene.

Readers Digest, May 2007

Mentions Iowa State University display of and Dr. Griffith Buck breeding to create the rose “Carefree Beauty” named as Texas A&M University’s Earth-Kind “Rose of the year” in 2006.

Horticulture, May 2007

“Open to the Public: Reiman Gardens” Karen Weir-Jimerson
Featured as winner of the 2000 AARS President’s Award and one of six AARS accredited public gardens in Iowa, the Gardens are exposed and showcased as the place to visit if looking for beautiful winter hardy roses in the Midwest.

Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication: Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living, Early Spring edition, 2007

“Pot-up Truck”
Reiman Gardens 2006 theme ‘The Art of Gardening’ left an impression on the garden art world with the postmodern approach to old cars by planting and covering them with plants.

USA Today, June 16, 2006

Listed as one of the top ten rose gardens to visit in the world.

Roots, October 2005

“Dimensional Design” by Lisa Orgler
A look at how Reiman Gardens approaches the design process. Through the three steps (stratification, repetition, application) the team can create multi-dimensional educational displays for the public each year.

Ames Tribune, April 2006

“Reiman Gardens as a Community Asset” by Teresa McLaughlin
A short history of the development of Reiman Gardens and where Reiman Gardens vision and mission will take it into the future.

Country Gardens Fall 2009
Public Garden Vol 23 No 3-4 2008 written by Teresa McLaughlin, Director of Reiman GardensMidwest Living – June 2007 – pgs 27-31, 34
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living – Summer 2007 – pg 128
Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living – Early Spring 2007 – pg 128
Readers Digest “Best Carefree Rose” – May 2007
Roots Vol 2(2) pgs 19-21 written by Lisa Orgler, Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens
All-American Rose Selections – 2007 Selections
Better Homes and Gardens – September 2004
Tribune – March 20, 2004 – written by Teresa McLaughlin, Director of Reiman Gardens
Horticulture – May 2007 – pgs A5-A7