intern

outdoors at a botanical garden with a bucket planted in colorful red flowers that are cascading with orange flowers at the base

Reiman Gardens’ theme this year: color, is expressed in several different ways in different parts of the Gardens. If color makes you think of rainbows, take a walk through the Children’s Garden to find buckets of color spilling out into the flower beds. The bucket spills are planted with primary […]

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outdoors at a botanical garden with large trees with a large tree with leaves

Reiman Gardens was founded at its current site in 1993. Before then the site had been a prime parking site for football games, and before that the site had hosted an agricultural facility. At this time the main road to Iowa State University from the south was Beach Avenue, before […]

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plant with colorful leaves with green, purple, and yellow markings

The theme this year at Reiman Gardens is color, and there is no better plant to highlight this theme than the Croton. The Croton is genus of tropical perennials that are known for their beautiful foliage. Another common name for the Croton is Rushfoil, and there are as many as […]

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close up of a fuzzy blue green plant

Lambs ear (Stachys byzantine) is native to Turkey, Armenia, and Iran. It was used in the civil war days as bandages. It’s extremely soft outer coating and astringent properties make it the perfect bandage that helps slow bleeding. It was also found to be used in the medieval times for […]

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close up of insect caccoons

At Reiman Gardens we get a lot of freedom in our everyday job. I do anything from gardening in the greenhouse to talking to people in the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing. This is one thing I really like about my job among others. As the entomology intern I, as you […]

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floral arrangement in the shape of two peacocks with roses, grasses and feathers

The daily work for the glasshouse internship always starts with morning watering. Everyone who comes in the morning knows what to do and where to go. Morning watering is my favorite part of the day because I feel like I can drink my coffee and enjoy the relaxation of watering […]

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an intern who is planting plants in the Edible Garden

Every day in education brings something new! We might give youth tours inside or lead an adult tour outside. We have a few programs that we are in charge of every week such as Plant Pals, Kid’s Story Time, and the Summer Enrichment Program at the Middle School. One of […]

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close up of a zinnia plant with a plant label

Being the only employee working solely on our records and collections is a balancing act. I keep a to-do list on the computer and update it whenever I finish one task or receive a new one. My highest priorities are usually making and replacing labels, and keeping up the Plants […]

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irrigation system at the Gardens

A workday at Reiman Gardens is usually never the same as it was the day before. I really like this part of the job, and I think it is what makes it so interesting. For me as the irrigation intern, I work in one of the three crews just like […]

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outside Reiman Gardens gift shop with a table, chairs,pillows, and flowers

Hello fellow readers, I am the new summer intern for the Gift Shop here at Reiman Gardens. My day-to-day task is to make sure the Gift Shop is looking its best. I constantly make sure the products are kept in perfect condition. I also deal with costumers every day. I […]

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