Media inquiries may be directed to Maria Teply, Reiman Gardens’ Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-4169, or find contact information for other Reiman Gardens’ staffers here.
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Educate, enchant, and inspire an appreciation of plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.
Master Site Plan
Reiman Gardens’ new master site plan was unveiled in early 2016 and will guide the direction of the physical spaces in the Gardens for the next 20 years. Find out more about our master plan here.
The Gardens’ strategic plan guides the financial and programmatic goals of the Gardens. We have four overarching transformative goals. Goal I is to attract and serve a large and broad audience through exceptional experiences. Goal II is to operate and maintain Reiman Gardens’ collections, gardens, and butterfly exhibits to the highest standards. Goal III is to become an indispensable part of Iowa State University. Goal IV is to develop the financial, human, and infrastructure resources to support the mission, vision, and goals to the highest level. The strategic plan may be viewed in its entirety here.
Reiman Gardens’ creates an all-encompassing annual report with updates from each of its departments over the past year. View the 2017 annual report here.
Learn about Reiman Gardens including its history on the Iowa State campus, the benefactor, the architects and garden designers who designed it, and its use of theme years to tie the everything together from garden displays, to events, to items in the Gift Shop.
Go Behind the Scenes with our YouTube Channel
Find out more about Reiman Gardens on our YouTube channel. Go behind the scenes to see the inner workings of the Gardens, or learn something from one of our expert horticulturists, or find out more about butterflies.
In the News
Reiman Gardens Free Admission Night During Christmas Season – WHO TV
Exhibits on Display: Reiman Gardens – Ames Community Arts Council
25 Best Things to Do in Iowa – Vacation Idea: Dream Vacation Magazine
Reiman Gardens’ Holiday Train is a ‘must see’ in Central Iowa – Ames Tribune
Where to see Santa in Des Moines – Des Moines Moms Blog
Director Ed Lyon Interview – Mediacom Newsleaders
Reiman Gardens: Spirits in the Gardens – Des Moines Parent
PHOTOS: Reiman Gardens presents Spirits in the Gardens – Iowa State Daily
Iowa State students carve 600 pumpkins for Reiman Gardens Jack-O-Lantern Walk – Ames Tribune
Top 9 Things to Do in Iowa –Trekbible
Joined Forces: An Interactive Exhibit Teaches Lessons in Collaboration and Engineering PG 8 – IA Architect
United Way’s Day of Caring connects nonprofits and local businesses – Ames Tribune
Events going on in Des Moines this weekend, Sept. 6-9 – KCCI
Reiman Gardens Hosting Iowa Quilter’s Guild Show – WHO13
Reiman Gardens prepares for annual Garden Quilt Show – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens’ ‘Fall Floral Frenzy’ new to Hughes Conservatory – Ames Tribune
Brad’s Backyard Garden: New exhibit at Reiman Gardens – ABC5
Slip, Slide, Splish, Splash – Ames Tribune
After Hours at the Gardens – Ames Tribune
Destination Iowa: Reiman Gardens – Spencer Daily Reporter
Reiman Gardens Wind, Waves & Light Exhibit – CW Live
How to Keep Your Garden Rose-y This Summer – Iowa Public Radio
Brad’s Backyard Garden: Is It Too Late to Plant? – ABC5
PHOTOS: Water Days – Iowa State Daily
Renovations underway at Reiman Gardens as part of long-term master plan – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens’ Garden Art Fair Features Nearly 60 Artists – Ames Tribune
Watch the Fireworks in Ames on July 3 – Ames Tribune
PHOTOS: Water Day at Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily
Insta-Summer: 50 Photo-Worthy Spots to Visit – Travel Iowa
Beauty to behold at Reiman Gardens – Times Republican
AmeriCorps Volunteers to Help Out at Reiman Gardens – Story County Sun
Reiman Gardens holds closing art reception for Baggenstoss – Ames Tribune
Top 5 June Events in Ames – Travel Iowa
Public Gardens are Gems in Plain Sight – Iowa Public Radio
PHOTOS: National Public Gardens Day at Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily
Springtime in Central Iowa – Iowa Girl on the Go
Celebrate Spring Fling weekend at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens: 54,000 tulips blooming soon – Ames Tribune
Secret Garden: Botanical Gardens & Arboretums – Travel Iowa
Iowa State students unveil new sculpture at Reiman Gardens – ABC5
Reiman Gardens debuts new ISU student creation – Ames Tribune
Massive new Reiman Gardens exhibit invites you to play on it – KCCI
Efforts to support conservation of monarchs is good news for those with a passion for butterflies – Nevada Iowa Journal
Students make a difference in the Ames community through CyServe Day – Iowa State Daily
The Secret Garden Hike In Iowa Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairytale – Only in Your State
Hunting for Eggs – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens hosts Spring Egg Hunt on March 31 – Ames Tribune
How Your Garden Grows – Page 39 of the March and April issue of AAA Living
Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome – Atlas Obscura
Orchids in the Air – Ames Tribune
Photos of Orchid Fest – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens celebrates Orchid Fest Feb. 10, 11 – Ames Tribune
Things to do this weekend at ISU January 25 – Ames Tribune
18 New Things to Do in 2018 – Travel Iowa
Things to do this weekend at ISU January 11 – Ames Tribune
Third phase of Jack Trice Stadium improvements nearing halfway point – Ames Tribune
RG Express Holiday Train returns to Reiman – Ames Tribune
Train fun at the gardens – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens Carving 650 Jack-O-Lanterns This Week – WHOtv Channel 13
Spirits in the Gardens event to feature Jack-O-Lantern Walk – Ames Tribune
Volunteers sought to help with pumpkin carving at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune
Painted Ladies Enjoy Iowa’s Great Fall-Like Weather – WHOtv Channel 13
Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune
‘It was really cool to see it, and now it’s gone’ – Ames Tribune
Central Iowa Locations for Early Independence Day Celebrations – WHOtv Channel 13
Garden Art Fair returns to Reiman Gardens today – Ames Tribune
Gone fishin’ – Ames Tribune
Watch the fireworks at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune
Butterfly field day – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens holds Rose Fest on Saturday – Ames Tribune
‘Washed Ashore’ exhibit opens at Reiman Gardens April 29 – Ames Tribune
Happy Easter – Ames Tribune
Easter Egg Hunting – Ames Tribune
Spring Egg Hunt is April 15 – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens to host St. Patrick’s Day party – Ames Tribune
Reiman Gardens to host Orchid Fes – Ames Tribune
Think spring at Reiman Gardens – Des Moines Register
Reiman Gardens to preview Washed Ashore exhibit Jan. 17 – Ames Tribune
2017 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue
In the Best of Story County, Reiman Gardens was voted as the best wedding venue in 2017.
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
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.
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.