Upcoming Events

Education Program
(SERIES) VIRTUAL: Armchair Travels of North American Gardens with Director Ed Lyon

Last Thursdays of the month, January – May, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

With travel restricted, we’ve got the next best thing! Join Director Ed Lyon for a carefully cultivated tour from the comfort of your own home – visit some of the finest gardens across the country through Ed’s helpful commentary, amazing photos, and expert advice while you make a new post-pandemic bucket list.

Sign up for individual classes as you see fit, or register for the 5-session series for a discounted price!
Join via ZOOM – a link will be sent to all attendees the day before each program.  Can’t join us?  Register to receive access to the recordings!

$68 Member/ISU Student Households
$85 General Public Households

Topics:
Jan 28: Northeast and Adjoining Canada
Feb 25: Pennsylvania and Delaware
Mar 25: Southeast
Apr 29: Midwest
May 27: Southwest, West, and British Columbia

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Art
Plein Air Painting in the Gardens

Sunday, April 11, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Join artist and illustrator Kelsey Wilson for an afternoon of painting in the gardens in the French tradition of plein air, or to paint in the fresh air. Enjoy the restorative quality of the gardens as you paint in acrylics on canvas. Materials included. All experience levels are welcome!

Please note: come prepared for an outdoor class (indoor location available in case of severe weather). Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, April 8. Pandemic precautions in place.

$56 Members
$70 General Public
$47.60 ISU Students

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Education Program
Webinar: Patterns Unfolding at Reiman Gardens

Wednesday, April 14, 12:05 – 12:55 PM
This event is coordinated by The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

Let us dedicate time in 2021 to reflect and celebrate what connects us to nature and to each other. This spring, Reiman Gardens welcomes the season with a sculptural exhibit OrigamiintheGarden2. Like origami, nature folds and unfolds in breathtaking ways. The living earth gives a sense of peace that can be incorporated into personal and learning environments.

Reiman Gardens' Education Manager Sara Merritt will lead our discussion by first sharing unique horticultural displays, programs and events associated with this exhibit intended to provide the Ames community with a place to contemplate, meditate, re-center, and heal. From origami workshops to peaceful plant walks and nature-inspired poetry, learn more about mindfulness opportunities and the application of these practices at your university botanical garden.

Register here: https://bit.ly/374TMsz.
Questions? email celt@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5357.
FREE to attend

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, April 15, 10:15 AM

Join us outdoors weekly for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories followed by nature exploration and activities. Best for children ages 2-5 with an adult.

Limited to six family groups per session - sign up upon arrival. Masks covering nose and mouth are required for persons 3 and older.

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

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Therapeutic Horticulture
Plant Walk: Spring Bulbs and Ephemerals

Thursday, April 15, 11:00 – 11:45 AM

What IS that plant? Get to know the works of art in our living museum from the expert herself – join Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ Plant Collections Curator, for a peaceful walking tour of the spring bulbs and other ephemerals popping up this spring!

Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine! NOTE: Pandemic precautions in place.

$5 Members, ISU Students
$12 General Public
FREE for RG Tour Docents

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Therapeutic Horticulture
Fresh-Cut Florals: Ikebana

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Use seasonal flowers and greenery cut fresh from Reiman Gardens to create surprising floral arrangements for display at home. State Fair Master Flower Show judge and floral design instructor Sandy Gossman will demonstrate how to work with whatever the garden gives, from herbs and grasses to native plants and flowers in bloom. Learn about the Japanese art of floral arranging as you place materials with intention and focus.

Registration with pre-payment is required two days in advance. Pandemic precautions is place; outdoor class if weather permits.

$48 Members
$60 General Public
$40.80 ISU Students

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Education Program
Beneath the Surface: The Evolution of Lake Helen

Wednesday, April 21, 11:00 AM – 11:45PM

Join Horticulturist Kara Hetrick and Water Garden Consultant Jamie Beyer of Midwest Waterscapes for a fascinating outdoor Q&A about Lake Helen. Learn a little about its history and development, then get the soupy scoop about all the living things that have transformed this little lake – from territorial geese and spreading duckweed to beautiful waterlilies, lotus, and the addition of fish species to help maintain ecosystem balance.

Registration with pre-payment is required by Monday, April 19. Come prepared for an outdoor program with pandemic precautions in place.

$16 Members
$20 General Public
$13.60 ISU Students

Free for RG Tour Docents

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, April 22, 10:15 AM

Join us outdoors weekly for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories followed by nature exploration and activities. Best for children ages 2-5 with an adult.

Limited to six family groups per session - sign up upon arrival. Masks covering nose and mouth are required for persons 3 and older.

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

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Extended Hours to See the Tulips

April 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 29th, 30th and May 1st from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Plan a visit to see our stunning tulips as well as thousands of other spring blooms. The Gardens will offer extended weekend hours for the public to see the tulips at their prime.

The Gift Shop will also stay open until 7:30 p.m., but the Butterfly Wing still closes at 4:30. No preregistration required. Free for members and ISU students. Price of admission for the general public.

 

 

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Gardening & Insects
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training

Saturday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Become a citizen scientist and an active conservationist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN) with this training from our entomology staff. Learn butterfly survey techniques to monitor populations, provide data to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration, and give an annual snapshot of butterfly population health in Iowa.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED for this in person program, along with masks covering nose and mouth.

Free for everyone - no admission necessary.

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