Reiman Gardens in Ames

Place/Event: Reiman Gardens
Location: 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA 50011 (Instead of our mailing address, enter into the map’s search field “intersection of University Boulevard and South 16 Street Ames”. Find the map below with directions to our entrance from the intersection of University Blvd. and S. 16 St.) 
Cost: see website for more details. $7.00 per student
Grade/age range: Prek-12
Group size: large or small
Hands-on: yes
Stroller friendly: yes
Bathrooms: yes *Even some way at the back in the Hunziker House
Food: picnic anywhere in outdoor gardens
Water: yes

When most people hear about Reiman Gardens, it’s because of the butterflies! But there are also 17-acres of beauty to enjoy!

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens has two indoor conservatories: Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and Hughes Conservatory. Both have relaxing water features and would be enjoyable in the winter.

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Hughes Conservatory

The whole garden appeals to children!

Each May Reiman Gardens participates in American Public Garden Day. Guests can receive FREE admission. Please check for times and benefits change each year. When we visited, the garden was busy but not overly crowded.

I was surprised how much the kids loved the garden and we visited for two hours. We really could have stayed longer!

Reiman Gardens

The kaleidoscope in the Children’s Garden was impressive. The flower box turned so that the designs change. In the barn kids can learn through hands-on activities.

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2016 2×2 art/playground display

The kids LOVED this wooden play structure and we spent over half hour here! Each year the themes and art work change. 

Reiman Gardens Sean Kenney's Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks Exhibit 2016
Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks Exhibit 2016
Reiman Gardens
Penkhus Campanile Garden

We really enjoyed our visit and would consider a membership! It’s not expensive and if you lived in the area it would be a wonderful place to visit often! 

A membership is connected to the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admission Program.

Reiman Gardens
Iowa Gold Finch

Reiman Gardens teams up with ISU Insect Zoo for a complete fieldtrip experience or you can simply spend several hours visiting the gardens on your own.

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One comment

  1. Reiman Gardens has some new information. Would you please update Reiman Gardens’ listing? Our free admission day is no longer the Friday before Mother’s Day. It’s now May 17. You can find the correct information here: We also have updated our school programs. You can find the new information for our school tours here: Thanks

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