Today's Special Guests:

Lynn Kuhn - Executive Director, Brenton Arboretum near Dallas Center, IA

Mark Schneider - Executive Director, Iowa Arboretum near Madrid, IA

Kelly Norris - Horticulture Manager, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden in Des Moines

National Public Gardens Day

Friday, May 9, 2014. This day  is an annual celebration of the nation’s public gardens to raise awareness of the important role botanical gardens and arboreta play in promoting environmental stewardship, plant and water conservation, green spaces, and education in communities nationwide. 

Learn more about public gardens and find one near you at

In Central Iowa we have five great gardens...

Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University in Ames

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden near downtown Des Moines

The Iowa Arboretum near Madrid

The Brenton Arboretum near Dallas Center

The Better Home and Gardens Test Garden (open only mid-day Fridays) in downtown Des Moines

This Month at Reiman Gardens

Pulp Science Series - a series of great classes using plants to make paper, turning that paper into a book and learning how to journal, drawn and paint in that book about nature!  Sign up for these classes today.

Papermaking – Thursdays, May 29, June 5, and June 12 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Bookbinding - Thursdays, June 19, June 26, and July 3 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Nature Journaling – Thursdays, July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pulp Painting – Thursdays, August 14, August 21, and August 286:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Iowa Arboretum Plant Sale

Free Guided Tours all day

Plant Sale - Buy some great plants and support the Iowa Arboretum

Brenton Arboretum Activities on National Public Gardens Day

Free Guided Tours at 10am and 2pm