Upcoming Events

Events
Pollinator Fest

Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week. There will be many collaborators and fun activities to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun! Visitors can watch a pollinator video, make pollinator crafts, meet with Plant.Grow.Fly, learn to talk and eat like a honeybee, observe a honeybee hive, find out about native bees, learn about insect stings, develop an appreciation for paper wasps, meet the Iowa Honey Queen, find out more about integrated pest management, learn about butterfly rearing, discover pollinator friendly plants, meet the Ames Students Aiding Pollinators, find out more about monarch butterfly conservation, and catch your own pollinator.

Collaborators include the Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group, the ISU Entomology Graduate Student Organization, the ISU Graduates in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Blank Park Zoo, and Ames High School.

Admission for this event is free for everyone.

No preregistration required.

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Gardening & Insects
Seize the Sway: Ornamental Grasses

Monday, June 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Versatile and tough, ornamental grasses provide year-round interest to garden designs in an enormous range of sizes, shapes, and textures. They are often limited to sunny, dry sites but their strong architectural elements can expand into shade and moist areas with sedges, rushes and flags for additional color and texture. Director Ed Lyon will present you with a comprehensive demonstration of all of the “grass-like” plants available; come see what they can add to your design. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, June 21.

$16 Members
$20 General Public
$13.60 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Plant Pals

Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly on Tuesdays as our kids’ horticulture program covers more diverse topics and expands to other areas of the Gardens. Classes involve hands-on gardening activities, crafts, and tastings, and are great for kids of all ages to participate in with an adult. Preregistration 2 days prior is HIGHLY encouraged, and required for groups of 8 or more.

$2 Member, ISU Student Youth
$6 General Public Youth
Accompanying adults pay regular admission.

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Gardening & Insects
Plant Walk: Pollen Plants

Thursday, June 28, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

What IS that plant? Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself – join our Plant Collections Curator on an in-depth walk through the gardens to learn about the favorite food plants for a variety of butterflies. Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine!

$5 Members, ISU Students
$12 General Public

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Youth & Family
Youth Summer Camp #2: International Mud Day!

Thursday, June 28, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a full afternoon fun and educational activities celebrating International Mud Day! Explore the properties of mud and the living things found in it, spend time the Greenhouse, Conservatory, and outdoor gardens, and enjoy a few mud-based activities, crafts, games, and more. Be sure to dress for the mess! STEAM activities and content great for ages 8-12. Preregistration with payment required by Tuesday, June 26.

$14 Members
$17.50 General Public
$11.90 ISU Students

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Events
Independence Day Fireworks

July 3 from 6:00 p.m. until the close of the fireworks

Reiman Gardens is open all day on July 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to the conclusion of the fireworks display which is across the street from the Gardens. The Young Professionals of Ames, the City of Ames and Iowa State University is excited to present the fireworks.

Enjoy the Indigo Monks who will play their music live at the Gardens.

Visitors may bring their folding chairs, coolers with food and drinks. No fireworks or sparklers are allowed inside the Gardens.

Reiman Gardens will also be open on July 4th, so bring your family for some fun.

If it rains on July 3, the fireworks will be moved to July 5.

No preregistration required.

Regular admission rates apply during Reiman Gardens' standard hours.

ADMISSION IS FREE FOR EVERYONE FROM 6:00 P.M. UNTIL THE END OF THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON JULY 3.

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Youth & Family
Plant Pals

Tuesday, July 3, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly on Tuesdays as our kids’ horticulture program covers diverse topics and expands to other areas of the Gardens. Classes involve hands-on gardening activities, crafts, and tastings, and are great for kids of all ages to participate in with an adult. Preregistration 2 days prior is HIGHLY encouraged, and required for groups of 8 or more.

$2 Member, ISU Student Youth
$6 General Public Youth
Accompanying adults pay regular admission.

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Haiga: Poetry and Painting

4-week program beginning Thursday, July 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exploring the art of haiga, a style of Japanese painting that often accompanies a haiku poem, this crash combo course will offer two sessions of haiku, and two sessions of brush painting. Students will first learn to write and appreciate the beautiful poetic art of haiku with award-winning poet Dennis Maulsby, then will push the art form to new levels by discovering various techniques for brush painting with artist and instructor, Sara Merritt. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, July 3.

$48 Members
$60 General Public
$40.80 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Kids’ Story Time

Thursday, July 5, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us for this summertime favorite! Every other week, hear books read aloud and join in an activity or craft. Best for children up to eight accompanied by an adult. No preregistration required.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public

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Art
Watercolor: Butterflies in Flight

This program has been cancelled.

4-week program beginning Saturday, July 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Creative Department artist Yvonne Brune for a 4-week watercolor course examining butterfly wing patterns, floral interaction, and movement. Sketch from hundreds of live butterflies in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, then add wet media in the Classroom, and even take home some wings to study in more detail. All ages (with adults) and levels of experience are welcome! Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, July 5.

$44 Members
$55 General Public
$37.40 ISU Students

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