2017 Preview Party Members Only

Friday, April 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us at the unveiling of the Washed Ashore™ Sculpture Exhibit. Enjoy desserts, coffee and a cash bar, as well as a presentation by the Washed Ashore staff. While here, guests may see the spring blooms outside and the display in the Hughes Conservatory.

Washed Ashore will be the major annual exhibit for Reiman Gardens in 2017, coinciding perfectly with the Gardens’ annual theme of “water.” Reiman Gardens will feature 10, giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. Sculptures are up to 12 feet tall and 15 feet long. The exhibit will run May 1 – Oct. 31, 2017.

Marine debris is a planet-wide problem. Approximately 300 million pounds of plastic is produced globally each year and less than 10% of that is recycled. Much of it ends up in the ocean. This exhibit is a wake-up call for all of us, whether we live near the ocean or in the heart of the Midwest. We are all effected by water pollution, not only from trash that is thrown into the oceans, but also into our own Iowa rivers and streams.

Reiman Gardens will be the first public gardens in the entire country to host this colorful, garbage-to-art exhibit, joining the ranks of the Smithsonian, National Zoo, Denver Zoo, SeaWorld Parks, the San Francisco Zoo and more!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the exhibit.

Open to members only. Free for members.

Please RSVP by April 21 at 12:00 p.m.to the Membership Coordinator at rgmembership@iastate.edu or 515-294-3755.