Upcoming Events

Art
Mixed Level Watercolor

Mondays beginning October 3, 6:30 – 8:30 PM for four weeks

Join Creative Department artist Yvonne Brune for a 4-week mixed watercolor course exploring the beauty of the Gardens. Sketch butterflies, flowers, or plants, and learn skills and build techniques with watercolor paints. Whether you're new to watercolor, or have painted for years, all experience levels are welcome! Classes will be outdoors as well as indoors – please come prepared.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Thursday, September 29.

$120 Members
$160 General Public
$102 ISU Students

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Art
Microwave-Dyed Silk Scarf Workshop

Friday, October 7, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Create your very own one-of-a-kind silk scarf with artist and educator Sara Merritt. Learn super simple dyeing techniques using citric acid and powder acid dyes to create your own scarf in this fun hands-on workshop. We will then steam-set the color in the microwave, and you’ll go home with a finished work of wearable art!

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Wednesday, October 5. Limited spots available.

$24 Members, ISU Students
$32 General Public

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Events
Free Admission: Last Day for “Lewis and Art Exhibition” Sculptures

Sunday, October 9, 10 :00 AM – 4:30 PM

Visit Reiman Gardens on the last day to see our sculpture exhibit “Lewis and Art Exhibition” before it leaves. Celebrate with free admission for everyone!

After leaving a career as an electrical technician and machinist, Minnesota artist Dale Lewis embarked on a new journey re-imagining scrap as art. Reiman Gardens is the first botanical garden to serve as a temporary home for this whimsical mixture of metal plants, insects, and animals made from found objects. By repurposing salvage into fun and inspiring mixed media sculptures, this year’s exhibit offers a creative solution for discarded junk by turning it into treasure. 

No preregistration required. Free admission for everyone.

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, October 13, 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.

No registration required.

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

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Education Program
Nature at Noon – Homecoming

Thursday, October 13, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Homecoming is the special tradition of welcoming former students and other members of the Iowa State community back to Iowa State University. Celebrate homecoming with Reiman Gardens by hearing from the Alumni Association about what homecoming is and why it matters. Bring your lunch and attend each month to experience a new topic presented by local and regional professionals connected to this year’s theme “Home.”

No preregistration required.

FREE for Members, ISU Students
Free with Admission for General Public

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Therapeutic Horticulture
Floral Design: Spooky Arrangements

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Use seasonal flowers cut fresh from the Gardens in a spooky Halloween-inspired tabletop arrangement. This month’s design features a low container with floral foam, and a few festive surprises.

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Sunday, October 16.

$48 Members
$60 General Public
$40.80 ISU Students

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Education Program
Maker Mocktails: Pumpkin Candles with Reiman Cocktail

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Are you crafty? Do you like to sip fun drinks? Well come to Reiman Gardens to enjoy Maker Mocktails! This October, learn how to make a non-alcoholic special Reiman Cocktail with Reiman Gardens’ staff in this after hours program and then take the recipe home so you can make it a true cocktail with your own alcohol. Then we will wrap up the night by creating a REAL pumpkin candle!

Preregistration with prepayment is required by Monday, October 17.

$20 Members
$30 General Public
$15 ISU Students & RG Volunteers

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Youth & Family
Caterpillar Club

Thursday, October 20, 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.

No registration required.

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

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Gardening & Insects
Fall Plant Walk: Autumn Color in the Gardens

Friday, October 21, 10:00 – 10:45 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 seasonal walking tour to see the wonderful range of plants with spectacular autumn color.

Preregistration with prepayment two days in advance is encouraged. Walk occurs rain or shine!

$5 Members, ISU Students
$17 General Public
FREE for RG Tour Docents

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Events
Spirits in the Gardens

Friday, October 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Jack-O-Lantern Sneak Peek

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Spirits in the Gardens Event Nights

Reiman Gardens popular fall celebration is back with even more spooky fun! With 1,000+ intricately carved Jack-O-Lanterns, candy, chemistry experiments, jugglers, cosplay and so much more. Wear your favorite costume and join in the fun.

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