2020: “Wild and Whimsical”

“Wild and Whimsical” is Reiman Gardens’ 2020 theme. With back-to-back exhibits, a significant new garden space, and a big anniversary, 2020 is going to be wild at Reiman Gardens! Join us in celebrating all things wild and whimsical, from fairy magic in the Conservatory to riotous tulips everywhere, from gardens full of feral creatures and fanciful frogs to winter nights with festive trains and fantastical lights, there will be much to explore in every season.


For the first time, Reiman Gardens will host two different exhibits in one year.


“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

May 16 – July 5

In our changing world, some of earth’s most spectacular creatures are under threat. The latest and last series of “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”, from mid-May through early July, includes sculptures constructed entirely of LEGO® bricks bringing us life-size-and-larger forms of species that are threatened, endangered, and even extinct. You will come to see these beings anew and learn how we can appreciate and preserve them before it is too late.


“Ribbit the Exhibit”

July 8 – October 4

The second exhibit, “Ribbit the Exhibit,” will run from early July through early October. Captivating and whimsical, this collection of human-scale frog sculptures is sure to make you smile. Artist J.A. Cobb crafted the pieces from copper and gave each one personality and interests that just might reflect your own. Explore the Gardens to discover each enchanting vignette, including frogs modeling the Grant Wood classic, “American Gothic.”


“Magical Fairy Woodland”

In the Hughes Conservatory opening January 11

 At the start of this Wild & Whimsical year, Reiman Gardens hosts magical friends from across the globe with a fairy woodland in the Hughes Conservatory. Explore this delightful realm of tiny plants, imagination and wonder to discover fairy secrets, including how fairies rely on small animals, adapt like plants, inspire innovation in humans, and even travel the world. The pastel hues and small scale of the blooms create a fairy-friendly atmosphere that is sure to delight wee folk of all kinds.


Tulip Display

throughout Reiman Gardens late April to mid May

Among the many signs of spring, tulips must be the most cheerful. Tulips earn admiration with their array of colors, abundance of style, and artful forms. In this Wild and Wonderful year at Reiman Gardens, look for cheeky color combinations, raucous flower types, sassy petal patterns, and more amongst our 55,000 tulips. They are sure to put a smile on your face!


“The Great Outdoors” from the Des Moines Camera Club

In the Garden Room Gallery February through late March

Established in 1943, the Des Moines Camera Club is dedicated to the pursuit of photographic excellence. Our goal is to inspire and encourage one another in our photographic activities. DMCC and individual shows have been exhibited throughout the USA.


“Whispers of Autumn” from Autumn Rozario Hall

In the Garden Room Gallery April through June

The show is an exploration of personal rewilding through immersion in nature, to raise awareness about restoration and native plants. The paintings combine acrylic and mixed media with pieces of trash and natural objects found on hikes throughout Iowa’s parks. The prairie paintings draw from references collected from Iowa’s restored prairies.



Outdoor Garden Displays

throughout Reiman Gardens mid May through mid October

All garden contain a bit of magic, especially our Wild & Whimsical gardens this summer! With elves in the Herb Garden, a birthday party for a gnome in the Edible Garden, and a nostalgic nod to the past with our Vintage Kitchen Garden, our growing spaces are bursting with fanciful inspiration. Let yourself go wild this summer at Reiman Gardens!