Spaces to Visit

Great Spaces to Explore

Reiman Gardens covers 17 acres with 26 distinct garden areas and several structures including the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, the Conservatory and Gift Shop. There are many areas within the Gardens, each with its own mission and notable features. Click for more on the unique areas of the Gardens.

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Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing

Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing

This tropical paradise is home to up to 800 live butterflies representing up to 80 different species. Reiman Gardens is permitted to display almost 1,000 different butterflies of native and exotic species, so there’s always something new to see. While visiting, notice how the structure of the Wing resembles a […]

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Conservatory

Hughes Conservatory

This glass house features a lush, tropical collection of colorful and rare plants among seasonal, artistic creations that interpret garden themes and intrigue guests. Be sure to see the triangle palm (Dypsis decaryi), cycads (Cycas, Encephalartos, Dioon, Zamia), verawood (Bulnesia arborea), screw pine (Pandanus), bottle palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis), and tranquil […]

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Events Plaza

Rust Events Plaza

This open plaza, nestled between the Conservatory Complex and the Mahlstede Building, is ideal for relaxing or hosting your next event. Learn more about renting space here. Take a seat in the shade or look around and enjoy the notable bear’s breeches (Acanthus mollis) next to the glass Butterfly Wing, […]

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Dunlap Courtyard

Dunlap Courtyard

A popular gathering space that also affords scenic views of the Gardens, this area is framed by a pair of sculptures called, “Dikotomia” and benefits from the shade of several Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) trees.

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Joey and Jesse’s Herb Garden

Joey and Jesse’s Herb Garden

The sundial in the center of Herb Garden was a gift to the old horticulture garden on Iowa State University’s campus. This formal garden features raised beds trimmed in boxwood and the late-season blooms of resurrection lilies (Lycoris squamigera). Be sure to slow down and give yourself a chance to […]

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Antique Rose Garden

Antique Rose Garden

The Antique Rose Garden located on the north side of the Jones Rose Garden trellis contains rare varieties from the original 1910 Iowa State University Horticulture Garden. The Antique Collection features the first rose developed at Iowa State University, the ‘Ames’ rose. The Antique Collection also includes Dr. Griffith Buck’s […]

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Jones Rose Garden

Jones Rose Garden

The rose is perhaps the most popular flower in the world, and Reiman Gardens proudly displays roses in the Helen Latch Jones Rose Garden. The entrance to this garden is covered by a beautiful arch called, Pedimont. To carry on the rich tradition of rose care at Iowa State University, […]

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Buck Rose Collection

Dr. Griffith Buck Rose Collection

This garden features the hardy roses developed by Dr. Griffith Buck. Dr. Buck, a professor at Iowa State University, bred many beautiful, hardy landscape roses between 1962 and 1985. Buck roses are recognized worldwide for their winter hardiness, attractiveness and low maintenance. They can survive Iowa’s cruel, winter temperatures while […]

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Trial and Display Garden

Trial and Display Garden

These beds showcase the latest advances in annual and perennial plant breeding. Nearly ten (and growing) organizations, companies or individuals involved in plant breeding or new plant testing are partners in the plants chosen and displayed in this garden. Each year plant breeders send seeds and plants to be grown […]

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Campanile Garden

Penkhus Campanile Garden

This garden serves as a visual link to Iowa State University’s Central Campus while providing an open lawn gathering space. This area is a striking entrance to the City of Ames and Iowa State University as the Gardens creates innovative displays of rotating bulb and annual plantings against a backdrop […]

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Bald Cypress Allee

Bald Cypress Allee

An allee (pronounced ah-lay) is a classic garden walkway structure lined with either trees or shrubs. At Reiman Gardens you’ll find an allee created with intriguing bald cypress trees, native to the southeastern United States, and well suited to grow in Iowa. Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) is a conifer, with […]

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South Field

South Field

The South Field is undoubtedly the heart of the outdoor gardens. Situated just south of the main buildings, this area is the main entrance into the Gardens and is home to dynamic plants such as Tiger Eyes™ sumac (Thus typhia ‘Bailtiger’) and purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea) that serve as […]

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Children's Garden

Patty Jischke Children’s Garden

With agriculture as its theme, the Children’s Garden contains elements reminiscent of Iowa’s agricultural heritage. Features include a hideout, a maze, tumbling mounds, a butterfly bench, and a stock tank with hand pumps to squirt water at unsuspecting friends. Hangout in the amphitheater that often features youth programs. Or walk […]

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Hillside Water-wise Garden

The Hillside Water-wise Garden is the only one of its kind in Iowa for its unique planting method and style. It is a visually stunning garden with a spectacular 10 foot wide stone staircase flanked by custom built railings, an ADA compliant path that casually winds up the hill through […]

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Lake Helen

Lake Helen

Lake Helen anchors the central gardens area with several planting shelves supporting aquatic wildlife, plants and koi. In summer, Lake Helen is home to many Victoria water platters, named after Queen Victoria of England. These water lilies may eventually extend up to 20-feet in diameter.

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Town & Country Garden

Town & Country Garden

Several distinct gardens provide a variety of ideas that can be incorporated into home and business landscapes. Themes include a Front Yard Garden, Naturalist Garden, Formal Lawn Garden, Home Production Garden, Outdoor Living Room, Walled Court, Sunny Yard Garden, Prairie Vista Garden, Paving Court, Formal Lawn Garden, Shade Garden and […]

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Stafford Garden

Stafford Garden

Three different types of natural Iowa landscapes, lowland, mesic and upland, are organized in this garden. Featured are both dry and wetlands and shady or sunny growing plant beds. A loop path connects these landscapes featuring different plant palettes adapted to these varying garden environments. A beautiful, wooden boardwalk invites […]

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