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.

Wind, Waves & Light 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. 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.

CLICK HERE to view some of the sculptures in motion. www.georgesherwood.com/

Orchids in the Air

in the Hughes Conservatory from January 13 – April 22

Achieving the correct balance of air movement and humidity is essential for successful orchid care.  From January through April, the Hughes Conservatory will feature a fanfare of orchids in the air – from topiary displays to creative mobiles – with the opportunity for visitors to learn a little more about these fascinating flowers.

Again this year, we will feature extended hours while the tulips are at their peak so our visitors will have more time to experience them in all their glory. Since tulip bloom times can vary greatly come spring, we will make the decision fairly close to their emergence. Keep an eye out for our extended hours announcement via email, social media as well as our upcoming events page.

Tulip Display

throughout the outdoor gardens from mid-April – mid-May

Playing off our 2018 theme of movement, the tulip displays will explore two forms of movement: plant exploration and art movements. Tulips were not always native to the lowlands of the Netherlands. Learn how tulips “moved” from the mountains of the Mideast and Central Asia before finally settling where they are most famous today.

Experience three art movements throughout your visit this spring. The Children’s Garden will touch on Impressionism art while American Abstract Expressionism can be found in the South Patio and Abstract Art in the Herb Garden. Artists such as Mark Rothko and Piet Mondrian feature as inspiration for this year’s displays.

With over 54,000 tulips to see, Reiman Gardens is sure to be an impressive sight!

Garden Room Gallery featuring Michele Baggenstoss

in the Garden Room from March 22 – June 19

Reiman Gardens is pleased to present the work of Des Moines artist Michele Baggenstoss on view in the Garden Room Gallery.  Observe beautiful floral oil paintings displayed within the peaceful setting of Reiman Gardens.

In Michele’s words, “An artist is not just what I do, it’s who I am.  I’ve known since the age of 9 that I wanted to be an artist, and I have been in one form or another throughout my life. Regardless of the bumps in the road, art has always played a part, either as a spiritual healer or a joy giver. The curve of a petal, the majesty of a horse, the love in a pet’s eyes draws me in and instills a need in me to explore the emotions that tconvey with line, shape and color. My art is about nature and the elements that we live with; whether they are four-footed, two footed or rooted in the ground.”  

Be sure to save the date for Michele’s Closing Reception: Friday, June 15, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. to join her for an informal talk and some light refreshments.