Intern Blog

Reiman Gardens’ Conservatory is filled with hundreds of unique and beautiful plants and I probably shouldn’t have a favorite…but I do. I love everything about this plant, from its versatility to its name. By the end of this post, I hope to have you convinced that this plant is as […]

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The Conservatory concept for this summer is stillness. While the rest of the garden will be moving in some way or other, the Conservatory will be a place to stop and reflect on the beauty that surrounds us. With so many things going on in our lives, we often need […]

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It’s all about orchids this month in the Hughes Conservatory so I thought I’d write a little bit about orchid care and their history. The orchid family (Orchidaceae) contains over 20,000 species and is one of the largest flowering plant families! It includes favorites like Phaleonopsis and Cattleya orchids commonly […]

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Hi! My name is Emily Stoffel and I am a junior studying Horticulture at Iowa State. My area of focus is landscape design, installation and management and I am hoping to pursue a career in interior landscape design (think malls, casinos, office spaces etc.). Horticulture is such a broad term […]

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Each year, Reiman Gardens has a theme, and this year the theme is water. You can see this all throughout the Gardens in the plants that are growing, in the programs that we offer, and in the exhibit that is on display. This summer, Reiman Gardens is hosting some of […]

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Despite the dry days the Ames area has experienced this summer, water at Reiman Gardens is far from absent! In addition to the brilliant Washed Ashore™ sculptures scattered across the Gardens that illustrate the impact of water pollution on our oceans and the life it sustains, this season’s annual plants […]

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In keeping with Reiman Gardens’ 2017 theme of water, the Hughes Conservatory brings the beach to the all too continental Ames. Suspended from the ceiling of the Conservatory is an impressive, giant sculpture of a jelly fish. As part of the Washed Ashore exhibition, the jellyfish is constructed from trash […]

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In the main hallway, near the butterfly display case, visitors to Reiman Gardens can view ambitious plans for the Gardens’ future, which are well underway with the ongoing construction of the new Hillside Garden. With exciting developments in the rest of the Gardens, the original Hughes Conservatory could use its […]

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These days, the temperature creeps up to the tip-top of the 90’s, making everyone a little more thankful for trees and their gracious shade. Not only are we humans relieved by this shielding of summer sunlight, the numerous annuals dotted throughout Reiman Gardens are moreover found at the mercy of […]

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As the plant collections intern, one of my responsibilities is to curate the Plants of Interest table at Reiman Gardens. Each Monday, I choose a theme for the table that I believe the public will take interest in, whether that be based on morphological characters, evolutionary relationships, or plant properties. […]

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