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Reiman Gardens, Ames

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Reiman Gardens is a 17-acre (6.9 ha) university-owned public garden located immediately south of Jack Trice Stadium on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus in Ames, Iowa. Reiman Gardens (pronounced Rye-Men) is a year-round garden with events, programs, lectures, tours and ISU student classes that has consistently been one of the top visited attractions in Central Iowa. It is open seven days per week; 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, with extended hours in the summer season and extended evening hours for its events. The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Reiman Gardens consists of a dozen distinct garden areas, an indoor conservatory and an indoor butterfly "wing", butterfly emergence cases, a gift shop, and several supporting greenhouses. ISU students and their classes are admitted free of charge, as are the Gardens' members. An admission fee is charged to the public. Many United Way of Story County agencies directors can receive free passes to distribute to their clients.

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  • Reiman Gardens is the home of Elwood, the word's largest cement gnome. If you are from out of state, you should try to include this in your itinerary, as it quite cute. The gardens themselves are...  more »
  • Just so everyone knows, Reiman Gardens is directly adjacent to Jack Trice Stadium. I unknowingly went on the day of an ISU football match, and the noise is crazy. Really does dampen the serenity of...  more »
  • Spent a calm & peaceful afternoon roaming around exhibits. They have such a charming gift shop! It was well worth a stop
  • Nice garden for several hours. Seems not so small when you are inside. However, 9 dollars entrace fee is too much.

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