Upcoming Events

Events
Creating a World Class Garden Program for Members Only

January 18, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Members, please join us for a night of information about Reiman Gardens' new feature garden, Sycamore Falls. Presenters include Ed Lyon of Reiman Gardens and Dan Benarcik of globally known Chanticleer garden. Learn about how Sycamore Falls will transform Reiman Gardens into a world class garden, bringing added recognition to Ames and Iowa.

Ed Lyon, Director, will talk about the history of this project and its design intent by taking you through the evolutionary process starting with a conceptual vision, the renditions that didn’t make the cut, and the ideas and thought processes that led to the ultimate design.

Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer, will present Creating a World Class Garden. Chanticleer in Wayne, PA, is regarded by the public garden field as the most creative and visually stunning garden in the U.S. as demonstrated in the visually spectacular book, The Art of Gardening. Dan will talk about what it takes to create a garden that will add visibility and recognition to Ames and central Iowa.

SCHEDULE:
6:00 to 6:30 -- Socialize
6:30 to 7:00 -- Reiman Gardens' Director Ed Lyon presents A History of Sycamore Falls
7:00 to 7:45 -- Dan Benarcik, Chanticleer, presents Creating a World Class Garden
7:45 to 8:00 -- Farewell

An RSVP is required to attend. Please RSVP by January 11 at 12:00 p.m. to the Funds Development Manager at lstephan@iastate.edu or 515-294-6356.

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Events
Family Movies in the Gardens: Pinocchio

January 19, two showings at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Looking for a warm, cozy place to entertain the kids for a few hours? Every Saturday in January, Reiman Gardens will offer movies for children at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

January 5:  Christopher Robin
January 12:  Winnie the Pooh
January 19:  Pinocchio
January 26:  Paddington

Movie snacks including popcorn, candy and soda will be available for purchase.

Free for all kids ages 17 and under.
Free for member adults and ISU students.
General public adults pay price of admission.

No preregistration required.

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Education Program
Workshop: Basic Soap Making with Botanicals

Saturday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Discover the traditional craft of cold-process soap making using botanicals with instructor and soap maker Jan Verploeg. You will learn all about the basic process, plant oils, plant additives and fragrances. You will create soap from a recipe while learning how to handle lye safely. A messy but fun process so wear old clothing with a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toe shoes and bring an apron. Leave class with two batches of new soap (approximately 1 1/2 pounds). Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, January 17.

$48 Members
$60 General Public
$40.80 ISU Students

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Gardening & Insects
Orchid Workshop: Beyond the Basics

Sunday, January 20, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Ever wondered how not to destroy these peculiar and wildly exotic flowers? Join Reiman Gardens staff for a presentation beyond orchid basics, from types and characteristics to dividing, propagating, and re-blooming plants. Learn how to how to grow them successfully on your own, and take home an orchid, too. Pre-registration with pre-payment is required by Friday, January 18.

$36 for Members
$45 for General Public
$30.60 for ISU Students

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Youth & Family
No School Day with 4-H & Junior Master Gardeners: Winter Birds in the Garden

Monday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Bring a lunch and spend your day off school having fun and learning at Reiman Gardens with 4-H. Learn about various bird beaks, practice building a nest and make bird feeders by reusing everyday items, and enjoy several crafts and related books. Activities are geared for students grade K-3.
Students must bring a sack lunch. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, January 17.

$20 Members, 4-H Students
$25 General Public

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, January 24, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

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

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Events
Family Movies in the Gardens: Paddington

January 26, two showings at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Looking for a warm, cozy place to entertain the kids for a few hours? Every Saturday in January, Reiman Gardens will offer movies for children at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

January 5:  Christopher Robin
January 12:  Winnie the Pooh
January 19:  Pinocchio
January 26:  Paddington

Movie snacks including popcorn, candy and soda will be available for purchase.

Free for all kids ages 17 and under.
Free for member adults and ISU students.
General public adults pay price of admission.

No preregistration required.

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, January 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join us weekly this winter for our popular Early Childhood Development program featuring stories and creative activities around a nature-based theme. Best for children five and under with an adult.
No preregistration required.

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

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Gardening & Insects
When is a Weed Not a Weed?

Thursday, January 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

According to Merriam-Webster, a “weed” is simply “a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth”. Or the scientist’s definition: “A weed is simply a plant out of place”. Dandelions and clover attract a myriad of pollinators, while garlic mustard spreads rapidly and threatens local biodiversity. What causes a “weed” to earn the notoriety of invasive? Are ornamental species ecologically harmful just because they are non-native? Are native species always the best for biodiversity? Join Director Ed Lyon for an in-depth discussion of perceived “weeds” and their attributes to the ecosystem and possibly home landscape. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Tuesday, January 29.

$16 Members
$20 General Public
$13.60 ISU Students

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Education Program
Soap Making with Oils Infused with Botanicals

Saturday, February 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Learn to make cold-process soap using oils infused with herbs and spices to add natural color and desired characteristics. You will learn the properties and colors of various botanicals, many of which you may already have in your garden. A fun but messy activity so wear old clothing or bring an apron. You will take home approximately 1 ½ pounds of soap! (Having one of Jan Verploeg’s soapmaking classes behind you will be helpful but is not required.) Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, January 31.

$60 Members
$75 General Public
$51 ISU Students

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