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Review of Reiman Gardens

Reiman Gardens
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enchanting, 17-acre garden with new display annually; inside find a live, exotic butterfly exhibit and gardens that change seasonally; private rentals available.
Reviewed 24 October 2012

This is a must see! I really enjoyed the butterfly enclosure, they are all so beautiful and great colors. We then went out into the gardens where they had a Lego exhibit throughout the walking paths. These exhibits were amazing set among all the fall colors, many different bird houses and the largest gnome. I look forward to returning in the springtime!

Thank TerrysTours
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

We wanted a pleasant place to stop for a picnic lunch and could not have done better. You are welcome to bring in food, and there are many tables, both outdoors and inside. They currently have an interesting exhibit of Lego sculptures (a giant butterfly, rose, etc.) The butterfly garden is beautiful. All the staff and volunteers were most friendly!

(There is an entrance fee, but they participate in a reciprocal program with many other gardens around the country, so if you have a botanical garden/arboretum membership, check to see if your membership is good here.)

Thank onecentworth
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

Has World's Largest Garden Gnome. How can you skip it?? The butterfly house is really well-done and interesting. You can see into where the cocoons are being hatched. Some really amazing ones.

Thank Hotel_Connoisseur60
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

This garden is located on Iowa State campus and is a hidden gem. My kids loved exploring the nooks and crannys of the well kept whimsical garden. There is also a butterfly sanctuary that is a must see!

Thank Kendra S
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

I took my 2 young nieces to see the Lego Sculptures and Butterflies while Grandma was also in town visiting. It ended up being a beautiful day to be outside (started off chilly and breezy) and I was also pleasantly surprised to see the Gardens were quite busy that afternoon but not too crowded. We started off with the Butterfly house near the entrance which was fun albeit a small space. None of them landed on us (probably for the best since the 6yo was acting as if they were bugs and being a bit scared) but we enjoyed watching them fly past us and land on the flowers. Then we walked outside through the gardens and despite the summer of drought, the gardens were still quite beautiful in late September. The girls enjoyed the bells playing on the hour and dancing on the floor chimes. We walked through the grounds admiring the plants and stumbling upon the Lego sculptures which were awesome! Too bad it is a temporary display. Although the permanent worlds largest garden gnome was a fun sight too! We walked all of the paths and enjoyed the fresh air. We climbed the hills and though the mazes and also enjoyed the birdhouse displays. We ended the 2.5 hour visit with a visit to the Conservatory to see the perpetual motion machine which launches a tennis ball up into a trap that rolls it around and down to the amazement of the kids. There was also a waterfall with colorful umbrellas under. We peeked in on the emerging butterfly windows on the way out. It wore the girls out and gave them a sense of art appreciation but was still playful and fun to explore. Our great local field trip!

Thank goodiowagirl
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