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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.

East Entry Garden

Garden Features & Mission The east entrance to Reiman Gardens is flanked by the East Entry Garden and North Lawn. The East Entry Garden showcases native prairie perennial with a mixed shrub border. Garden features: native plants, Old Bridge Prominent plants: Maney Juniper, Ohio Buckeye

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Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing

Garden Features & Mission 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 […]

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Hughes Conservatory

Garden Features & Mission 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 palms, cycads, and tranquil waterfall and pond. Garden features: tropical border, annual display, water feature, annual containers

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Roy & Mary Amos Smith Hardwood Forest

Garden Features & Mission The Hardwood Forest features some of Reiman Gardens’ most mature trees. Walk the open lawn, sit under the secluded pergola, and enjoy the view of the Campanile Garden. Garden features: Totems, pergola, open lawn, shaded area Prominent plants: Red Oak, Blue Spruce ‘Fat Albert’    

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Rust Events Plaza

Garden Features & Mission This open plaza, nestled between the Conservatory Complex and the Mahlstede Building, is ideal for relaxing or hosting your next event. Take a seat in the shade or look around and enjoy the mixed planting beds and . “Joy II”, a working water fountain designed by […]

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Dunlap Entry Courtyard

Garden Features & Mission A popular gathering space that also affords scenic views of the Gardens, this area is framed by a pair of sculptures called, “Dikotomia” and “Pods” and benefits from the shade of several Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) trees. Garden features: Dikhotomia, Pods, seating, shaded area, annual plants Prominent […]

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Joey and Jesse’s Herb Garden

Garden Features & Mission 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 with a mix of annual and perennial plants. Each bed corresponds with a theme – including Fragrance, Tea and […]

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Heirloom Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Heirloom Garden contains plants common to early 1900’s gardens, including roses from the original 1910 Iowa State University Horticulture Garden. Garden features Historic Collection, Rose Garden Prominent plants: Ames Rose, Princeton Sentry Ginkgo

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Helen Latch Jones Rose Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Jones Rose Garden incorporates a sustainable focus in its design and maintenance practices. Rose cultivars are selected for disease-resistance and winter-hardiness. The rose palette includes a mix of Buck roses, EarthKind roses, Easy Elegance® and Proven Winners® roses. Pairing these roses with perennials and other […]

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Ross Formal Lawn Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Ross Formal Lawn highlights an open lawn plan with symmetrical plantings and a strong focal point. Garden features: Frank Lloyd Wright urns and […]

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Dr. Griffith J. Buck Rose Collection

Garden Features & Mission 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 […]

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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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Margaret E. Penkhus Campanile Garden

Garden Features & Mission 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 […]

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Front Yard Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Front Yard Garden showcases a mixture of new plant introductions amongst tried-and-true plantings. Garden features: mixed beds, annual containers Prominent plants: State Street […]

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Bald Cypress Allée

Garden Features & Mission A formal allée, one of the original design axis of the garden. A popular place for weddings and quiet moments.  Garden features: an open lawn Prominent plants: Bald Cypress              

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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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Patty Jischke Children’s Garden

Garden Features & Mission 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 […]

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Edible Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Edible Garden showcases a raised bed garden for vegetables and flowers with edible parts. Garden features: Potting Shed, apple trellis, raised beds  

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Hillside Water-wise Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Hillside Water-wise Garden is the only one of its kind in Iowa for its unique planting method and style. A path casually winds up the hill through four different planting themes, planted in 4-6″ of gravel, and bordered by impressive limestone walls. The plantings reflect […]

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Lake Helen

Garden Features & Mission Lake Helen anchors the central garden area with several planting shelves supporting aquatic wildlife, plants and fish. In summer, Lake Helen is home to many Victoria water platters, hardy water lilies, and lotus. Garden features: Purple Martin House, Look-out, water feature, open lawn, aquatic plants Prominent […]

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Home Demonstration Gardens

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces.

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Naturalist Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Naturalist Garden showcases native perennials and shrubs around a small water feature. Garden features: water feature          

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Outdoor Living Room

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Outdoor Living Room provides space to sit outdoors, an open lawn, and mixed planting beds. A small waterfall adds to the inviting atmosphere. […]

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CoHort’s Pattern Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Pattern Garden is a modern courtyard with a limited perennial plant palette and a burst of colorful annual plants in containers. Garden features: […]

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Prairie Vista Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. Prairie Vista provides an elevated terrace over a small prairie. Garden features: Rabbit Hill sculptures, hanging baskets, borrowed views Prominent plants: European Hornbeam

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Reflection Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Reflection Garden displays shade tolerant plants around a central water feature. Garden features: water feature, shaded area, gazebo, annual containers Prominent plants: Dawn […]

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DeeAnn Drew Shade Garden

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Shade Garden showcases plants that grow in deep shade conditions. Elwood the World’s Largest Concrete Gnome helps us cast some shade on these […]

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Sunny Side Yard

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Sunny Side Garden provides an example of a small space with a lot of character. Prominent plants: Chamaecyparis ‘King’s Gold’       […]

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Walled Court

Garden Features & Mission The Home Demonstration is broken into several small district gardens which contain ideas to be incorporated into home and business garden spaces. The Walled Court creates a microclimate, allowing plants that are usually too tender for Iowa winters to thrive. Prominent plants: Maple ‘Bloodgood’, Ilex ‘Sky […]

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North Lawn

Garden Features & Mission The east entrance to Reiman Gardens is flanked by the East Entry Garden and North Lawn. The North Lawn is an open lawn space with some of Reiman Gardens’ most mature trees. Garden features: open lawn Prominent plants: Cornus mas, Peony collection      

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