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.
Wind, Waves & Light Sculpture Exhibit
throughout Reiman Gardens from April 28 – November 3
Wind, Waves and Light will feature 13 kinetic sculptures designed to explore space, time, and the dynamic relationship of objects in motion. Find out more about each sculpture HERE. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points. The sculptures are made of stainless steel, and the reflective qualities integrate each sculpture into its environment. Wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the qualities of light and movement of the sculptures.
George Sherwood, an award-winning American sculptor, was born and raised in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut. He now lives and works in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and holds degrees in both art and engineering.
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.