The pond at Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University goes way beyond the traditional water lilies. The pond’s color and plant mass is the best I’ve witnessed.
The pond is one of many cool features at Reiman Gardens. I grew up in Ames and graduated from ISU, but the gardens were created after I left. Reiman Gardens makes the gardener in me proud to be a Cyclone. The $8 admission fee is a bargain for a gardener, and I’ll be back when I have more time.
With just 15 minutes to spend in Reiman Gardens, three things I noticed are:
1) I didn’t catch the name, but I was drawn to plants that seem to be half Coleus and half Impatiens. I love both plants, and the one pictured below.
2) Excellent containers and a hedge made of grass, which is a great idea. Both are pictured below.
3) There is a large prairie area on the south side of the Gardens that I didn’t have time to explore. Growing up in the Midwest and relocating to the Pacific Northwest, I miss the prairie. Luckily, I walked in a restored prairie area in a park on my trip to Ames, Iowa. In fact, that is my next post.