Upcoming Events

Therapeutic Horticulture
Floral Design: 2020 PICK-4

Third Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

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. Take one class or pick four for a generous discount!

May - Dirty Dozen: Vase Displays
June - Everything Green: Monochromatic Arrangements
July - Wildflower Arrangements
August - Edible as Ornament: Unexpected Arrangements
September - Cute Cubes!
October - Spooky Halloween Arrangements
November - Sunny Side Up: Golden Flowers
December - Holiday Treasures: Bring Your Own Container

Members $150
General Public $188
ISU Students $128

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2020 Garden Art Fair Vendor Application

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Click ADD TO CART to complete an application and for more information about fees and logistics.

The 17th Annual Garden Art Fair at Reiman Gardens provides an opportunity for artists to share their garden and nature inspired art with the public. Visitors can browse from a variety of artists and buy products including jewelry, watercolor, pottery, woodwork, glass, and more. Food vendors will provide food throughout the day.

Call for Artists
Artists incorporating gardening, nature, or natural materials into their work (including art that can be placed in the garden, worn, or used in the home) are encouraged to apply. Work created with the use of commercial kits, molds, patterns or prefabricated forms will not be allowed.

How do I apply?
Fill out this application and submit images of your work before April 27, 2020 (or until all booths are filled).  Submit 2-5 digital images* of your work one of two ways:
1. Via email: send digital versions to Beth Wessel-Kroeschell at rgevents@iastate.edu.
2. Via post mail: send a CD with digital files to the following address: Reiman Gardens; Attn: Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Events Coordinator; 1407 University Boulevard; Ames, IA 50011.

*Images should be high resolution JPEG or TIFF files. Images must be labeled with artist's last name, first name, and image number. (Example: JonesBob01.jpeg). For promotional purposes, a list of accepted artists and images of their art will be added to the Reiman Gardens' website. Reiman Gardens reserves the right to exclude an artist's images on the website or other promotional materials due to poor image quality.

Accepted Artists and Booth Assignment Information
Artists will be notified by May 11, 2020 regarding acceptance into the 2020 Garden Art Fair and informed of their booth fee. Once notified, accepted artists will have until June 8, 2020 to submit rental fees to reserve a booth. If rental fees are not received by June 8, booth space cannot be guaranteed.

In an effort to diversify the art available for purchase and ensure quality product, Reiman Gardens reserves the right to exclude any artist. Display booth preference will be honored whenever possible, but Reiman Gardens reserves the right to assign booths as needed for improved variety and traffic flow.

Five different artist display options are available for the 2020 Garden Art Fair. Each accepted artist will have an assigned booth. Tables and chairs are available for an additional fee and artists must provide their own display units and tents within the booth assignment dimensions. Reiman Gardens has the authority to adjust booths for visual or safety reasons.

Remember, this is a Garden Art Fair; most of the booths are outdoors.  Be prepared for Iowa July weather.

2020 Garden Art Fair Schedule
Monday, April 27 - Deadline of application and images of work (or until all booths are filled).
Monday, May 11 - Notification of acceptance into 2020 Garden Art Fair.
Monday, June 8 - Accepted artist rental fee deadline.
Monday, June 22 - Cancellation refunds denied after this date.
Saturday, July 11 - Early set-up option for artists. 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12 - Gardens open at 6:00 a.m. for booth set up and Garden Art Fair hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2020 Garden Art Fair Space Information and Entry Fees
Please indicate space preference and booth setup needs on the application form. Space is limited in each area so you may not get your first choice, though we will try our best.
     1. Conservatory Exhibit Hall (inside, air conditioned): $125
     2. Conservatory Garden Room (inside, air conditioned): $125
     3. Speer Room and Classroom (in Mahlstede Building, air conditioned): $125
     4. Outdoor Booths in Events Plaza, South Lawn, South Patio or Dunlap Court: $75

Click ADD TO CART to complete an application and for more information about fees and logistics.

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Garden Art Fair

Sunday, July 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Reiman Gardens is proud to host their annual Garden Art Fair. Come enjoy the work of nearly 60 new and returning artists who will be displaying and selling their garden and nature inspired art featuring jewelry, painting, pottery, woodwork, glass, home décor, photography, sculpture, fabric arts, and more.

While here, visitors can view and buy a variety of high quality art as well as all of the Gardens’ features: the summer blooms, the Hughes Conservatory, the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and the Gift Shop.

No preregistration required. To make the event more accessible to all, Reiman Gardens will feature a reduced admission rate for the public: $8.00 for general admission, $7.00 for seniors ages 65+, $3.50 for youth ages 2-12, and free for youth under 2. Admission is free for Reiman Gardens’ members and ISU students with a student ID.

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Reiman Gardens After Hours

Friday, August 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening at Reiman Gardens with live music by Burning Sensations. After Hours is a special opportunity to experience the magic of Reiman Gardens at dusk.

Come for a catered dinner or to hear the band and enjoy an evening in the Gardens.

Preregistration is required for the catered dinner.

Catered dinner menu:

BBQ pork (KC style), house made buns, baked macaroni & cheese, coleslaw, baked beans and lemon bar bites or carrot cake bites

Must be 21 or older to attend this event. Cash wine and beer bar.

Please take note of the new pricing structure:

Catered dinner option: Preregistration required by noon on Friday, July 31.

$25 for members and ISU students. $34 for the general public. $40 if registering after noon Friday, July 31 (pending space availability)

Bring a picnic option. Pay at the door:

$10 for members and ISU students. $12 for general public

Popcorn will be for sale.

Tickets are transferable. No refunds

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Enjoy FREE ADMISSION for all current school district employees from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Enjoy a relaxing day at the Gardens before school starts!  Reiman Gardens’ Education staff will also provide a showcase of guided and self-guided opportunities for small and large groups, emphasizing new school programs aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

Free admission applies to employees only and you must show a school ID card or badge to gain free admission.

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Director Led Portland Gardens Tour

A Fascinating Horticultural Tour in the Pacific Northwest from September 15-20

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. Find out more information and register.








  • World’s Largest supplier of shade trees, J. Frank Schmidt & Son
  • The extensive gardens, orchards and vineyards of McMenniman’s Edgefiel
  • 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

Find out more information and register.

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