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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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  • We enjoy visiting Reiman Gardens with our two children. The butterfly garden is beautiful and so unique. 
    We enjoy visiting Reiman Gardens with our two children. The butterfly garden is beautiful and so unique.  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • This was a nice place to visit though it would be more interesting later in the year when more plants are on display. Still a very pleasant walk with some interesting sculptures and a large garden gnome. The butterfly exhibit was phenomenal. Free parking is available in the University lot across the street from the gardens. They are sometimes open late so always check for the closing time. The evening we were there they closed at 8:00 p.m. rather than at 4:30 p.m.
  • We went here for a staff appreciation week at Iowa State. We saw the butterfly exhibit and it was so nice and peaceful in there. Dozens and dozens of butterfly's flying around you. We also went to the tropical side with all the palm trees and desert plants,had a great time. We got some goodies at their two gift shops as well. I recommend seeing the whole thing (outside) but the weather was a little too cold and windy for us to venture out. Very nice.

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