“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.
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.
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.”
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.