Reiman Gardens

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United States of America - Iowa - Ames

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BGCI Member: No

About the Reiman Gardens

Now one of the largest public gardens in Iowa, Reiman Gardens creates a striking entrance to Iowa State University and the city of Ames. Situated on a 14-acre site, the year-round facility features distinct gardens throughout the indoor and outdoor areas, an indoor conservatory, 2,500-square-foot indoor butterfly wing, butterfly emergence cases, a gift shop, and five supporting greenhouses.

Reiman Gardens has many award-winning features, and has recently planted one of the first rose gardens in a public garden that incorporates both sustainable designs, plants, and gardening practices. It's Reiman Gardens' goal to show gardeners how to have beautiful and practical gardens and cut the use of chemicals, incorporate more native and hardy plants, and use less labor.

The Gardens is owned by Iowa State University under the management of the Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance. Reiman Gardens provide opportunities for learning through a year-round education program and special events. The Gardens' budget is supported with forty percent of its funds from Iowa State University, forty percent from its own activities such as memberships, admissions, rentals, sales, tours, education programs, etc., and twenty percent from endowment earnings and private gifts. The Gardens is visited by approximately 100,000 visitors annually and has a membership of 2,300 households. The Gardens has 14 full-time staff, part-time staff that supplies 11.25 full-time equilivant positions, employes 40 students each year, and relies on almost 10,000 volunteer hours from its patrons and members.

Mission: To enchant, educate and inspire environmental stewardship with displays of living beauty.

Main Address:
Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University
1407 University Boulevard
Iowa 50011 United States of America

Telephone: (515) 294-2710
Fax: (515) 294-4817
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Edward Lyon, Director
    Curator's Name: Lindsey Smith, Plant Collections Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sarah Rummery, Manager of Horticulture
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 5
    Educational Staff Number: 2
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1995
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 6 Hectares
    Latitude: 42.0104670
    Longitude: -93.6373060
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Reiman Gardens
  • Local Address: 1407 University Blvd.
  • Locality: City: Ames
  • Locality: State: Iowa

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 100000
    Number of Volunteers: 400

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 7000
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes