Each year, volunteers who log more than 200 hours of time helping at Reiman Gardens receive a free membership for the next year–it’s a lofty goal, and very few reach this distinction. Matt D., one of our regulars, has already reached almost 300 hours in 2022. (It’s not a competition, […]

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Since starting as the Manager of Volunteer Engagement only a few months ago, there are volunteers who are here so often and know so much that I assume they’ve been here forever. Cindy B. is one of those volunteers, so I was shocked to learn that she only started volunteering […]

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It is always sad to see a longtime volunteer say goodbye, but we’re so happy that Maite B. is chasing an opportunity in a new state. Maite originally came to the U.S. from her home country of Argentina in 2014.  She first went to Chicago to learn English, then moved […]

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While many of our volunteers are folks well into (or already finished with!) their careers, we have a few dedicated young people who also pitch in with their time and boundless energy to make Reiman Gardens a welcoming, beautiful respite for our community. In May 2022, Libby M. enthusiastically joined […]

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Things change fast around here, and sometimes the staff can’t find time to photograph everything! Between blooms we want and weeds we don’t, new butterfly species entering the Wing, and the seasonally changing exhibits, we are grateful to our small but incredibly talented resident shutterbugs, like volunteers Linda W. and […]

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As the new Manager of Volunteer Engagement, I knew it was going to be an incredible challenge to fill Taylor’s shoes. Her organization, creativity, and approachable personality make for a great Volunteer Manager. My hoped that our transition would be seamless for the volunteers who make it possible for Reiman […]

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Nearly 1 in 4 children in Story County continue to be eligible to receive free and reduced lunch at their schools.* This summer, Reiman Gardens hopes to build momentum for the Plant a Row for the Hungry (“PAR“) program, and we need your help! Story County PAR  in Ames began […]

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Posted  April 28, 2022 Thank you to all of our photo submissions AND for those of you who voted. The votes are in, and are winners are… Best Photo of Reiman Gardens: Linda Wendt Best Garden Photo from Your Backyard: Anne Kretsinger-Harries Best Nature Photo from Your Neighborhood or Community: […]

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