2022: Home

sculpture of a cow made from metal using found materials

Home is Reiman Gardens’ 2022 theme.


Home is more than a place one lives. For humans, our sense of home involves belonging and memory, folded into a space of comfort, safety, and sanctuary.  It may include people, pets, plants, history, and stuff, and it changes over time as we learn how ‘place’ evolves.   

In spring we celebrate the earth unfurling in warmth and the reproductive power of plants. Summer gardens and programs cover plants’ basic needs, and the connection between flowers and folks. In autumn and winter see the ways in which we bring the outdoors in, and throughout the year learn more about the essential biodiversity of plant families and people.   

In 2022 we invite you to examine the depths of this word as we also present a collection of playful sculptures formed from recycled materials.


Metal sculpture of fish swimming in a row

Lewis and Art Exhibition  

April – October 

After leaving a career as an electrical technician and machinist, Minnesota artist Dale Lewis embarked on a new journey re-imagining scrap as art. Reiman Gardens is the first botanical garden to serve as a temporary home for this whimsical mixture of metal plants, insects, and animals made from found objects. By repurposing salvage into fun and inspiring mixed media sculptures, this year’s exhibit offers a creative solution for discarded junk by turning it into treasure. 

Lewis & Art Sculpture exhibit with two photos, one of a flying pig and another of an ant


Conservatory Display: “The Botanical Boudoir”

January 15 – May 21 (tentative)
The intoxicating beauty of flowering plants is a mating dance of botanical proportions. Birds do it, bees do it, and yes, all plants do it – become fruitful and multiply. But plants don’t go to social events, and they can’t swipe right, depending instead on friends in nature acting as matchmaker to provide the perfect partners for reproduction. 
Some plants procreate asexually, creating identical clones. But for diversity through adaptation and variation, some plants breed sexually, sometimes on their own or with help from others (pollinators like wind, water, insects, animals, and even humans). To generate buzz for pollination, enter our sultry chamber and see for yourself the many ways plants lay on the sex appeal.