Reiman Gardens – Ames, Iowa
A beautiful attraction in the Midwest is Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens one of the largest public gardens in Iowa. Located immediately south of ISU’s Jack Trice Football Stadium,
Inside there are two large glass houses. The first is the breathtaking Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing, holding one of the most diverse collections of live, exotic butterflies in the nation. The Butterfly Wing, housing about 800 butterflies and moths in flight at any given moment, is always a favorite. Its shape was inspired by a butterfly in flight. The second indoor glass house is the enchanting, tropical Conservatory open year-round with unusual and massive plants and trees and new displays each time you visit. Also housed in the Complex is an educational butterfly emergence case, where you can witness butterflies and moths emerge from their cocoons and chrysalides. Be sure to visit the gift shop selling items inspired by gardening, nature, or sustainability. The perfect gifts for young and old alike are available, especially for the nature buff or garden enthusiast. Snacks and treats are available for purchase at the front desk.
Directions – turn north off of U. S. Highway 30 on Elwood Drive and the gardens are near where road bends to the east
Hours – Open Year Round
Phone – (515) 294-2710