Upcoming Events

Therapeutic Horticulture
Floral Design PICK-4 2019

Third Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of floral design from State Fair Master Flower Show judge and floral designer Sandy Gossman while creating beautiful arrangements to take home. Each month features a different style of arrangement, from vase designs to centerpieces, to contemporary designs using structural oasis. Learn the tips and skills used by professionals and create own one-of-a-kind floral designs.
Pick 4 of your favorites for a discount!

$150 Members
$188 General Public
$128 ISU Students

Sep 17 Game Day Arrangements
Oct 15 Trick or Treat: Tabletop Displays
Nov 19 Red Rover: Autumn Vase Arrangements
Dec 17 Light Bright: Holiday Centerpieces

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Therapeutic Horticulture
Floral Design: Game Day Arrangements

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Show off your local team spirit with a floral display in cardinal and gold. Registration with pre-payment is required one week in advance.

$44 Members
$55 General Public
$38 ISU Students

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Portland, Oregon Trip Led by Director Ed Lyon

September 17–22, 2019
6 Days • 9 Meals

This program is canceled due to low registration.

A Fascinating Horticultural Tour in the Pacific Northwest

You’ll love this northwestern adventure discovering Portland and its surrounding areas. View stunning mountain vistas of the famed Mt. Hood from the International Rose Test Gardens and Washington Park. Enjoy lunch at the spectacular Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, a national landmark built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and WPA during the 1930’s. Visit stunning gardens, each showcasing their unique beauty, new breeds and growing techniques.

Learn more about the daily schedule for this amazing trip as well as how to reserve your spot here.

Highlights include:

  • World’s Largest supplier of shade trees, J. Frank Schmidt & Son
  • The extensive gardens, orchards and vineyards of McMenniman’s Edgefield
  • Spectacular Columbia River Gorge and the famous Multnomah Falls
  • A walk through the country’s premier supplier of conifers
  • Lunch on spectacular Mount Hood at Timberline Lodge.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden, where 90% of the plants are indigenous to China.
  • The famed Portland Japanese Gardens
  • Visit the International Rose Test Garden
  • Sauvie Island’s Cistus Design Nursery and its Mediterranean climate
  • Dinner cruise along the Willamette River, showcasing the skyline of Portland
  • Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
  • Welcome dinner reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
Price per person: double: $1,937; single: $2,495. Airfare is not included with this price.



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Youth & Family
Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Survey – Citizen Science

Wednesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Head out into the Gardens to track and survey live butterflies as you learn more about the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network and ways you can participate in citizen science through Reiman Gardens. This program is perfect for Volunteers! Join different staff members each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.

Free for Members & Volunteers
$10 for the General Public (includes admission)

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Gardening & Insects
Plant Walk: Hummingbird Nectar Plants

Thursday, September 19, 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 Lindsey Smith, Reiman Gardens’ Plant Collections Curator, for in-depth walking tours of the plants and flowers that make this place so special.
Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is required. Walks occur rain or shine!

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

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Education Program
Autumn Garden Peace Post Workshop

Saturday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon? Join DeDee Birdsall of Two Sisters Paint Palette for a unique workshop where you will paint your own four-foot garden peace pole. DeDee will provide all the materials and 8 different peace pole patterns from which you can choose, then show you how to make your very own. Each pole is a PVC post sleeve that measures 4x4x44. Upon completion, you’ll also be given instructions for the care and planting of your peace pole – a perfect accent for your flower garden, adding creative flair to your yard!
Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, September 26.

$96 Members
$120 General Public
$82 ISU Students

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Last Day of Summer Hours

Today marks the last day of Reiman Gardens' summer hours. Summer hours are from May 1 until September 30.

Starting October 1 our hours will be:

Outdoor gardens plus the indoor plant Conservatory - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gift Shop - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Butterfly Wing - 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Education Program
Landscape Drawing

4-week program beginning Tuesday, October 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join Creative Department artist Yvonne Brune for a 4-week course exploring the basics of landscape drawing, such as capturing perspective and drawing realistic trees, plants, and flowers. Sketch from the surrounding beauty of the Gardens, and learn to compose a beautiful landscape drawing with tonal ranges in graphite and color.
All levels of experience are welcome! Open to ages 12+. Preregistration with prepayment is required by Sunday, September 29.

$60 Members
$75 General Public
$51 ISU Students

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, October 3, 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. Materials are intended for children ages two to seven years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required.

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

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Gardening & Insects
Creating a Wild Friendly Garden without the Wild Look

Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

There is strong interest in creating ecologically friendly gardens that might attract anything from beneficial insects and butterflies to birds, bats, snakes and toads. Many sources indicate it is as easy as planting native plants but the results can often be wild, weedy spaces that you can’t manage and the neighbors want to mow over. It is a challenge to balance “wild and natural” with easy-to-manage and visually pleasing. This program with Director Ed Lyon is more than a list of plants that attract wildlife; it addresses potential challenges and pitfalls with advice on how to properly plan for success.
Preregistration with prepayment is encouraged by Sunday, September 29.

$16 Members
$20 General Public
$13.60 ISU Students

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