Press Room


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 2016 annual report here.

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

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


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.