2019: Toys & Games

Come play at Reiman Gardens!  This year, each season brings new toys and games for all ages to learn about the wonders of nature.  Tiptoe through over 55,000 springtime tulips, revolve through the Conservatory for an orchid show that’s sure to surprise, frolic amidst orbs of herbs, and enjoy special events and programs teeming with revelry.  Finally, bring the family out for cooperation and competition, fascinating finds, hands-on horticulture, pleasurable puzzles, and active art, as we host an exciting new exhibit created in collaboration with ISU Architecture.  Whether you‘re seeking fun, rest, inspiration, or knowledge, Reiman Gardens has just what you need. Are you game?

garden display: The Magic Circle

in the Hughes Conservatory from January 12 – March 16

See spectacular orchids on display. Plants are remarkable living organisms, with the ability to transform – as if by magic – through different stages, taking on new and mystifying forms in a never-ending cycle.  Pay close attention to the orchids and other flowering plants as you pass through the loop of the Hughes Conservatory this winter, and be sure to circle back often, for things aren’t always what they seem.

photography exhibit: Birds, Bugs & Blooms

in the Garden Room Gallery opening January 3

Established in 1943, The Des Moines Camera Club has been dedicated to the pursuit of photographic excellence for more than seventy years! The club provides activities for those who wish to share, learn, or improve their photographic skills.

Our membership represents all levels of photography, from beginner to advanced amateur or professional. Our goal is to increase our knowledge of photography and inspire one another in our photographic activities. Programs, workshops and field trips are held regularly on a wide variety of subject matter. Photography competitions are held monthly.

Our camera club meets the first three Tuesdays of every month from September through May, except for December. The first meeting of the month is devoted to instruction, while the second and third meetings are competition nights. Visitors are welcome at all meetings.

Check the club webpage for the schedule, dates and location information:  www.dmcameraclub.com . Or connect with us on Facebook as well: Des Moines Camera Club

garden display: Tulips – Games of Chance

throughout Reiman Gardens – dates dependent on the weather

This spring, feast your eyes on a myriad of displays showcasing over 55,000 tulips.  From uniquely patterned varieties that led to Tulip Mania, to gold tulips (the color of money), and red and black assortments inspired by roulette, be sure to visit each display to learn how tulips became game pieces in a historic game of chance!

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.

interactive exhibit: Nature of the Game

throughout Reiman Gardens April 27  – October 6

Help us celebrate ecology through play with a new collection of larger-than-life outdoor games. Created by Reiman Gardens in collaboration with ISU Design faculty and students, this series puts an ecological and artistic spin on familiar favorites. From oversized tile puzzles to gorgeous hidden picture sculptures to giant food web chess and more, have fun playing games that demonstrate the balance, beauty, and connectedness of nature.