Reiman Gardens

1407 University Boulevard
Ames, IA 50011

515-294-2710

Mission:

Educate, enchant, and inspire an appreciation of plants, butterflies, and the beauty of the natural world.

History:

Reiman Gardens has Always Been a Work in Progress

The oasis of Reiman Gardens (pronounced rye-men) had a natural genesis as part of Iowa State University’s mission to educate students in the area of horticulture (the art and science of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers or ornamental plants). Reiman Gardens is the latest edition in Iowa State’s tradition of having a horticulture garden that dates back to 1914.

The original horticultural garden was north of the farm house at the Iowa State Horticultural Research Station. In 1964, the garden was moved to a three-quarter-acre site on the northeast corner of Iowa State University campus, north of the power plant. The site was limited, however, because it offered little room for expansion and was surrounded by Iowa State’s industrial zone.

Reiman Gardens is an oasis of beauty and serenity in the midst of a hurried, technology-saturated world. Experience 14 acres of living splendor, be enchanted by hundreds of exotic butterflies, learn about plants, insects and environmental stewardship, and reconnect with nature and your family. Visit us soon to unplug, unwind, relax and rejuvenate at Iowa’s garden gem.

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