2018: Movement


This season, be moved by extraordinary planting displays in every nook of Reiman Gardens, from the cascading colors of 50,000 spring tulips and the vibrating textures of summer flowers in outdoor beds, to the sway of ornamental grasses and autumn foliage waving and transforming with the forces of nature through time.  Walk through hops in the Herb Garden, smell the roses, and as life continues to flow through the waters of Lake Helen, peek at the progress of new garden spaces.  Wander to the Home Production Garden to learn how our produce travels across the city to help feed those in need, then be sure to play, discover, and explore in the Children’s Garden and take a moment to recharge amidst the beauty of the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and the splendor of the Hughes Conservatory.

Fall Floral Frenzy

in the Hughes Conservatory from August 17 – November 11

Fall is an exciting and busy time in Ames with students flooding in from all around to start classes. Meanwhile, as the days begin to grow shorter, plants are busy preparing for winter by undergoing numerous physical and chemical changes. The town is engulfed in reds, oranges, and yellows as brightly-dressed tailgaters make their way to Jack Trice Stadium and leaves stop their food-making process, shifting from green into autumn colors. Along with these colors, fall brings corn and soybean harvests, opportunities for seeding grasses, and a wide variety of beautiful flowers.

We invite you to step inside and enjoy the flurry of color created to celebrate autumn, the amazing science behind seasonal plant changes, and Iowa State University spirit.

The RG Express holiday train returns!

See it from November 17 to January 6.

Trains have come to the Gardens from November 17 through January 6! Visitors young and old will be enchanted by this custom-built garden-scale train. This unbelievably detailed “g-scale” (often called “garden scale”) display was created by Applied Imagination, an internationally recognized company whose train displays meld botanical design and architecture. Walk past, around, and under miniature buildings and bridges historically significant to Iowa State University and local history, rendered with clever use of natural materials and accented with a spectacular waterfall.