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Media inquiries may be directed to Maria Teply, Reiman Gardens’ Communications Coordinator, at 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.

Strategic Plan

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.

Annual Report

Reiman Gardens’ creates an all-encompassing annual report with updates from each of its departments over the past year. View the past annual reports.

Fact Sheet

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

June 2023

How lower income Iowans can get summer discounts at museums, gardens – WHOTV

May 2023

Summit supports Reiman Gardens with donation, labor – Spencer Daily Reporter

Fill your summer with 113 things to do in Iowa, from Hawkeye point to ‘American Gothic’ – Des Moines Register

Three events to enjoy this Mother’s Day in the Des Moines metro – We Are Iowa

7 Most Charming Cities In Iowa – World Atlas

April 2023

Photos: Rovers at Reiman – Ames Tribune

Bring your dog, see the tulips: Reiman Gardens extends weekend hours, allows pups Tuesday – Ames Tribune

What is there to do in Des Moines this weekend? Earth Day, raunchy comedy and more events – Des Moines Register

4 Iowa Events to Check Out This Weekend (April 14-16) – Iowa Starting Line

20 Things To Do In Ames – Travel2Next

March 2023

Cure spring fever with family-fun activities – Discover Ames

February 2023

Heart Of The Midwest: The Ultimate Guide To Ames & Things To Do – The Travel

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Des Moines with pho, Nerf darts, crafts, bouquets and more – Des Moines Register

Hundreds of flowers for sale at annual Orchid Fest – Iowa State Daily

December 2022

50 ways to explore the state, from Council Bluffs to Lansing – Little Village

25 Date Ideas in Ames, IA: Romantic Things To Do in Ames – Dymabroad

Holiday Light Displays – Travel Iowa

Travel Iowa tour of holiday destinations plus what’s new for 2023 – TV6 KWQC

Six best Christmas light displays in Des Moines – Axios Des Moines

November 2022

Travel Iowa: December – KMCH Mix 94.7

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Here’s a list of events in Ames – Ames Tribune

Walk Through A Christmas Wonderland at an Awesome Iowa Event – 98.1 KHAK

The Garden Christmas Light Displays At Reiman Gardens In Iowa Is Pure Holiday Magic – Only In Your State

11 Christmas light displays to visit in central Iowa this holiday season – Des Moines Register

Unique Train Display Opens at Iowa State’s Reiman Gardens – The Steve Harvey Show

Local kids practice science with Cy – Iowa State Daily

October 2022

Local kids practice science with Cy – Iowa State Daily

More than 7,000 people attend Spirits in the Garden – Iowa State Daily

Photos: Reiman Gardens’ annual Spirits in the Gardens – Ames Tribune

Check out 1,000 plus carved pumpkins this weekend in Iowa – 98.1 KHAK

Bucket list for spending fall in Ames – Iowa State Daily

Ames: 7 Best Places To Visit In Ames, lowa – Nomad

October is time for Ames Haunted Forest, Downtown Witches Walk, Spirits in the Gardens – Ames Tribune

September 2022

Greenhouse Short Course to Be Held at Reiman Gardens – Atlantic News TelegraphAugust 2022

All-America Selections, National Garden Bureau and the Home Garden Seed Association Host a Successful and Educational 2022 Summer Summit – Perishable News

10 Best Things to Do in Ames, Iowa – Vacation Idea

July 2022

Attract Butterflies and Other Pollinators to Your Garden and Landscape – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

A Day at Reiman Gardens – The Lavender Ladies

June 2022

Iowans expect to take road trips across the state this summer. Here’s what’s new. – Des Moines Register

Taste Iowa State honey flavored with prairie at Pollinator Fest, June 25 – Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Iowa Soft Excursions – Leisure Group Travel

Find the best groundcovers for your yard – Iowa Public Radio

12 Best Things to do in Ames, Iowa – Via Travelers

May 2022

114 fun things to do in Iowa from family-friendly places to visit to food and music – Des Moines Register

Five Things to Do in Ames This Weekend – Ames Tribune

Warm weather leads to more yardwork across Iowa – WHO TV

April 2022

Iowa State University – The College Tour

Catch Des Moines’ Easter Weekend Blog and other fun things to do this week! – We Are Iowa

Celebrate spring at Reiman Gardens – Spencer Daily Reporter

Reiman Gardens is focus of Brown Bag Briefing – The Messenger

Travel Iowa: What to do in April across the State of Iowa – CBS2

March 2022

Annual Spring Enchantment display returns to Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily

10 spots for an Ames spring break staycation – Iowa State Daily

February 2022


Three ways to help beat the winter doldrums this month – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens launches “From Soil to Sky,” a gardening series for beginners – Iowa State Daily

January 2022

9 Of The Best Road Trip Worthy Adventures You Can Experience In Iowa – Only in Your State

December 2021

Winter Wonderscape Experience at Reiman Gardens – Des Moines Parent

Roses: An Iowa State Tradition – CALS Connections

This year’s must-see holiday light shows in the Des Moines metroAxios Des Moines

‘Winter Wonderscape’ light show returns to Reiman Gardens for December weekends through New Year’s – Yahoo News 

10 Christmas light displays in central Iowa that will wow you this holiday season – Des Moines Register

Checking out holiday light displays – WHO 13

‘Winter Wonderscape’ light show returns to Reiman Gardens for December weekends through New Year’s – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens’ Winter Wonderscape light show is back for the holidays – Iowa State Daily

October 2021

1,000 Jack-O’-Lanterns on display at Reiman Gardens’ Spirits in the Garden – Ames Tribune

CATCH Spirits in the Garden, Escaping the Labyrinth, IMT DSM Marathon & Nitro Circus in DES MOINES this week! – We are Iowa Channel 5

Virtual gardening event Oct. 9 – AgriNews

There’s A Glowing Pumpkin Trail Coming To Iowa And It’ll Make Your Fall Magical – Only in Your State

A Unique Iowa Event Will Feature Over 1,000 Carved Pumpkins – 98.1 KHAK

Autumn events in the Ames area gear up for October – Iowa State Daily

Halloween season is here. We have the trick-or-treat, scary and sweet details. – Ames Tribune

September 2021

From ‘pseudo-prairie’ to ‘iconic garden space,’ Reiman Gardens’ Sycamore Falls is open to visitors – Ames Tribune

Butterflies drink more than nectar—here’s how to turn your yard into an oasis – Popular Science

Best areas in Ames to embrace the great outdoors – Iowa State Daily

August 2021

Reiman Gardens presents origami-themed art installation – Iowa State Daily

July 2021

Des Moines Area Gardens: The Ultimate Travelogue – Flower Chick

Nature-inspired Garden Art Fair returns to Reiman Gardens on Sunday – Ames Tribune

June 2021

Butterflies invade area  – Cresco Times

IOWA’S HISTORIC BYWAYS – Leisure Group Travel

With Reiman Gardens, Cyclone City Tour and more, Ames makes a great day trip – The Gazette

Altrusa Club of Ames to hold first Spring Garden Tour June 5 – Ames Tribune

May 2021

Photos: Origami sculpture exhibit to open at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune

Photos: Ames students celebrate at ‘Midnight Garden’ themed prom dance – Ames Tribune


April 2021

Giant origami-inspired sculptures on display at Reiman Gardens starting May 22 – Ames Tribune

The Week in Social – This is Iowa

Spring date inspiration – Iowa State Daily

March 2021

“Writing and Media Center to host author-led panels” with Director Ed Lyon, author of “Growing the Midwest Garden” – Iowa State Daily

January 2021

Our Best Plant Sale Ever – Public Garden Magazine

December 2020

Little but mighty: Zoom event will feature Reiman’s RG Express – Ames Tribune

November 2020

Reiman Gardens unveils Winter Wonderscape holiday light show – Ames Tribune

Iowa State professor pens ‘The Butterfly Effect,’ inspired by Reiman Gardens in Ames – Ames Tribune 

October 2020

Five Amazing Day Trips: Iowa – Check-It-Off Travel

Photos: Jack-o’-Lanterns on display at Reiman’s Spirits in the Gardens in Ames – Ames Tribune

Reiman’s ‘Spirits in the Gardens’ event adapts to COVID-19 – Ames Tribune

The Focus: Amy Day, Living History Farms, Urbandale, Halloween// Nathan Brockman, Reiman Gardens, Ames, Halloween –WHO Radio

Houseplants and their effect on health – Iowa State Daily

September 2020

Reiman Gardens’ conservatory complex to reopen this week – Ames Tribune

Pumpkin art is available at Reiman Gardens this fall – Iowa State Daily

August 2020

Iowa’s Reiman Gardens – Midwest Almanac

June 2020

Chase Krug: A summer spent at Reiman Gardens – Department of Agronomy 

Top 10 things to do in Central Iowa this summer – Times Republican

May 2020

HOME BRIEFS: You can help with butterfly survey – Quad Cities Times

April 2020

March 2020

Reiman Gardens celebrating 25th year with ‘Wild and Whimsical’ displays – Dallas County News

February 2020

New gardening TV show for Iowans featuring Reiman Gardens’ Aaron Steil

January 2020

Reiman Gardens celebrating 25th year with ‘Wild and Whimsical’ displays – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens announces new theme for the year – Iowa State Daily

15 Things To Add To Your Iowa Bucket List! – Between England and Iowa

December 2019

Butterfly Blizzard – Ames Tribune

Optical illusion presentation to take over Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily

Train display returns to Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily

Seeing The CYtes! Things To Do In Ames Iowa – Between England and Iowa

Des Moines Moms Guide to December 2019 – Des Moines Moms Blog

November 2019

Reiman Gardens getting ready for RG Express Holiday Train – ABC5

Reiman Garden’s Express Holiday Train set to return Saturday – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens – Stitch

October 2019

2019 10 Best College Towns – Livability

Spirits in the Gardens returns for a fourth year at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune

Spirits in the Gardens – Dsm4Kids

To-do’s to celebrate fall in Ames – Iowa State Daily

Des Moines Moms Guide to October Events 2019 – Des Moines City Moms Club

September 2019

Reiman Gardens: Spirits in the Gardens – Des Moines Parent

New fall display at Reiman Gardens inspired by ISU football – Nebraska City News Press

Annual Quilt Show coming up at Reiman Gardens – Boone News Republican 

August 2019

Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens – Story County Sun

Percival Scientific Incubation Chambers for Reiman Gardens – Percival Scientific

Construction projects progress on campus – Iowa State Daily

Reiman Gardens Sycamore Falls Nearing Completion – Ames Tribune

July 2019

Brad’s Backyard Garden: Taking in the beauty of Reiman Gardens – WOITV

June 2019

Brad’s Backyard Garden: Healthy grass around your trees – WOI TV

Reiman Gardens hosts Pollinator Fest – WOI TV

Families learn about pollinators and the environment – Iowa State Daily

Fourth annual Pollinator Fest to begin Saturday – Iowa State Daily

Iowa’s Urban Adventures – Leisure Group Travel

May 2019

Local spots to visit on rainy days – Iowa State Daily

FUEL Story County bringing new event to Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily

Reiman Gardens to celebrate National Public Gardens Week – Ames Tribune

Story County Master Gardeners plant sale is coming up – Nebraska City News-Press

Newsleaders with Aaron Steil – Mediacom

‘Nature of the Game’ exhibit unveiled at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens announces Access Program for low-income families – Boone News Republican

Brand new exhibition unveiled at Reiman Gardens – Journal Democrat

April 2019

Avoid the stress and enjoy Iowa State – Iowa State Daily

Easter at Reiman Gardens – Iowa State Daily

Play your way through Reiman Gardens with larger-than-life toys and games – Iowa State University News Service

See an abundance of 55,000+ tulips blooming soon at Reiman Gardens! – Nebraska City News Press

More than 55,000 tulips about to bloom at Reiman Gardens – Ames Tribune

Iowa Ingredient – Iowa Public Television

March 2019

Why Are These the Best Places for Millennials to Move to in 2019? – Reviews

Brand new feature at Reiman Gardens – Nebraska City News-Press

Reiman Gardens’ new indoor feature puts spring bulbs on display – Ames Tribune

Brand new feature at Reiman Gardens – Boone News Republican

Ames resident will soon be inducted in the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame

February 2019

“Why and How I Judge the AAS entries” …a Judge’s Perspective by Jessie Liebenguth – All America Selections

No Snow Here – Ames Tribune

The 15 Most Romantic Places in Iowa! – Best Things Iowa

Reiman Gardens’ unique gravel-garden to be featured in U.S. Botanic Garden exhibit – Ames Tribune

Orchid Fest at Reiman Gardens Adds Some Color to this Winter Weather – WHO TV

Volunteers Make Reiman Gardens Go – Story County Sun

January 2019

Reiman Gardens Annual Orchid Fest on February 9 and 10 – Story County Sun

Reiman Gardens announces Toys and Games theme for 2019 – Ames Tribune

New orchid display opens in Hughes Conservatory – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens offers free admission to furloughed federal employees – Ames Tribune

New Orchid Display Now Open in the Hughes Conservatory – Story County Sun

Des Moines Moms Guide to January 2019 – Des Moines Moms Blog

December 2018

2018 Year in Review – Iowa State University News Service

Reiman Gardens Free Admission Night During Christmas Season – WHO TV

November 2018

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

October 2018

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

September 2018

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

August 2018

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

July 2018

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

Find Dozens of Ideas for Things to Do, Activities and Events in Des Moines – Des Moines Register

Watch the Fireworks in Ames on July 3 – Ames Tribune

June 2018

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

May 2018

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

April 2018

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

March 2018

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

February 2018

Photos of Orchid Fest – Ames Tribune

Reiman Gardens celebrates Orchid Fest Feb. 10, 11 – Ames Tribune

January 2018

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

December 2017

Third phase of Jack Trice Stadium improvements nearing halfway point – Ames Tribune

November 2017

RG Express Holiday Train returns to Reiman – Ames Tribune

Train fun at the gardens – Ames Tribune

October 2017

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

September 2017

Painted Ladies Enjoy Iowa’s Great Fall-Like Weather – WHOtv Channel 13

Garden Quilt Show at Reiman Gardens  – Ames Tribune

August 2017

‘It was really cool to see it, and now it’s gone’ – Ames Tribune

July 2017

Central Iowa Locations for Early Independence Day Celebrations – WHOtv Channel 13

Garden Art Fair returns to Reiman Gardens today – Ames Tribune

June 2017

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

April 2017

‘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

March 2017

Reiman Gardens to host St. Patrick’s Day party – Ames Tribune

February 2017

Reiman Gardens to host Orchid Fes – Ames Tribune

Think spring at Reiman Gardens – Des Moines Register

January 2017

Reiman Gardens to preview Washed Ashore exhibit Jan. 17 – Ames Tribune


2020 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

2020 Best of Story County – 3rd place for Best Gift Shop

2019 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

2018 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

2017 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

2016 Best of Story County – Wedding Venue

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.