Guests: Holly & Joel Gettys

Rain Barrels Iowa

Holly and Joel Gettys

4240 Clinton Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50310


Store hours March through September:

Thursdays & Fridays 11-6, plus Saturdays 10-4, and by appointment

Natural Living Expo is May 18 & 19, 2013

Iowa State Fairgrounds  - 4-H Building

More information here

Ovid Avenue Garden Faire


Grow a Nuttery!

The Nuttery at Sissinghurst Castle
The Nuttery - A Woodlands Trust

Don't Plant These Trees in Your Urban Yard

This Week at Reiman Gardens


Skip mowing your lawn on a holiday weekend, and enjoy landscapes, blooms of flowers, and freshly cut grass at Reiman Gardens instead. The Gardens is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27. This weekend marks the start of the Gardens’ extended summer hours.

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to visit during our 2013 theme, More than Meets the Iowa. Tour the Gardens and enjoy “Iowa Naturally” garden inspired sculpture created by Iowa artists. Thirteen sculptures are nestled in the landscape creating beautiful displays sure to inspire.

While visiting the Gardens, don’t miss the Butterfly Wing full of hundreds of exotic butterflies in flight and the Gift Shop featuring items perfect for the gardening enthusiast.

In honor of their service, on Monday, May 27, all active duty military personnel and veterans are admitted free. Reiman Gardens thanks you for your sacrifice.

General admission to the Gardens is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.00 for youth ages 4-17, and free for age 3 and under. Admission is always free for Reiman Gardens’ members and Iowa State University students with valid ISU card.

Reiman Gardens’ extended summer hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the outdoor gardens, the Conservatory Complex, and the Gift Shop. The Butterfly Wing hours remain 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit for more information.


Discovery Station on Saturday, May 25
Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"Watercolor Geodes"

The purpose of Reiman Gardens’ discovery stations is to add a fun, informal activity in the Gardens during the summer that relates to the themed garden areas. The discovery stations are family oriented and designed so both youth and adults can participate in the activities.

Free for members and Iowa State University students. Price of admission for the general public.

Iowa Praire Network would be an organization to contact regarding supppliers of native plants, and lots of other information.

Poly Hose for Irrigation suggested link for information.

Conservation Districts of Iowa

Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum