Intern Blog

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Hello! My name is Caitlynn Slaymaker, and I am the Events Intern here at Reiman Gardens! I am a senior majoring in event management with a minor in apparel merchandising here at Iowa State! In my internship with Reiman Gardens, I work with private and public events such as weddings, […]

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indoor tropical plant Conservatory in summer with red flowers

There is an old Chewa proverb in my country that inspires me every day: “Tikufuna kupatsira ana athu zinthu ziwiri. Choyamba ndi mizu, inayo ndi mapiko.” Translated, it means, “We desire to give two things to our children. The first one is roots, the other is wings.” My name is Dillan Patel, […]

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close up of an orange and red flower

Hello! I am Anna Smith, and this summer I am working in the indoor horticulture department as a glasshouse display and greenhouse production intern. I just finished my sophomore year at Iowa State University. In the 20 years of my life, all my jobs before this one has not been […]

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close up of a planted container with pink flowers

Hi everyone, my name is Logan Metzger (he/him/his), and I am the Education Intern here at Reiman Gardens. Outside of this organization I am also the Summer 2021 Editor in Chief for the Iowa State Daily and I will be entering my fourth year as an English Education major at […]

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close up of pink peony

Hello, I am Makenna Blackford and at Reiman Gardens I am part of the Garden & Landscape Maintenance internship. I will be a soon-to-be Senior at Iowa State University, majoring in Landscape Architecture. I wanted to be part of Reiman Gardens’ Internship program because I wanted to get hands-on learning […]

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Plant a Row for the Hungry garden beds

My leadership project this summer has been working with Plant a Row for the Hungry. I’ve gotten to spend a couple of Saturday mornings helping collect produce from the Ames Mainstreet Farmer’s Market to be donated to local Story County food pantries. It’s been really great seeing how generous produce […]

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close up of a Buck rose in piinks

My name is Chase Krug, and I am the Plant Collections & Records intern for summer 2020! I am from Marion, Iowa, and currently a junior at Iowa State University majoring in Agronomy. My duties as the Plant Collections & Records intern include collecting phenology data, updating plant records, updating […]

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outdoors in summer with the grasses blowing in the wind and a campanile behind

Hello again! This week for my blog post, I thought I would share with you what a typical day in the life of an outdoor landscape and garden maintenance looks like. A lot of my tasks involve preparing the Gardens to look neat and pretty when our guests arrive. This […]

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outdoors in summer in the Prairie Vista Garden with rabbit sculptures, pairie plants, and trees

For my blog post this week, I’m going to go discuss what I have learned from my leadership project. As I had stated in my previous post, I am proposing for a restoration of the Prairie Vista Garden and am writing up an improved maintenance plan. The original plant list […]

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indoors in a rental space setup for a wedding with plants, candleabras, chamaign glasse

At Reiman Gardens each intern is assigned the task of completing a leadership project for their specific area. For my leadership project I was given the unique opportunity of planning a wedding from start to finish. Often at Reiman Gardens couples book their wedding over a year in advance and […]

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