In December I brought the kids to Reiman gardens in Ames for the holiday train display. It was the perfect thing to celebrate the season but that’s a post for another day. While we were there we learned that once a month, the second Wednesday of every month, Reiman gardens are open to the public for free. No entrance fee y’all!
From the Reiman Gardens flyer, “It’s important to make the beauty and educational value of Reiman Gardens as available as possible to all.” We totally agree! So the next fee-free day is Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The following opportunity will be March 8 and so on every second Wednesday of each month.
According to the website, Reiman gardens “is one of the finest and most unique gardens in the country available to student, faculty and staff exploration, research and learning. Through all the years, the Gardens has remained an oasis of natural beauty and education for generations of students and guests.”
It’s true. The gardens are beautiful all year round. In summer all the flowers are in bloom and breathtaking. In winter you can enjoy the indoor displays and exhibits. The January-April exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory is Petals & Parasols which is the chance to “see orchids and other colorful flowers positioned among umbrellas giving us the ability to enjoy exotic blooms under cover from rain or sun,” according to their flyer.
I should back up just to clarify a point. The train display and the butterfly garden were totally worth the entrance fee so I wouldn’t discourage you from paying the entrance fee and visiting the gardens any day really, but, if you’re available on the second Wednesday of the month, be sure to take the opportunity to visit for free.
So, we have to ask…did you know about this? We had no idea! That happens to be a perfect way to introduce a new series on this blog called — you guessed it! — “Did you know?” There are a ton of great tips we moms know about living in Marshalltown but oftentimes we think that others already know these things. Sometimes this isn’t the case. A few times per month we’ll post “Did you know?” posts where we share tips and tricks about living here and raising a family here. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: ‘Did you know?’ if you have a fun tip that you want to share with others.
Ok ok, we know this one isn’t about Marshalltown, per se, except that one of the widely known benefits of living in this town is that you get all the benefits of living in a smaller town with the perk of larger cities in an hour drive or less (Des Moines, WOOT! Ames, HOLLA?! Cedar Rapids, WHA WHAT?!) I know we’ll be making the drive to and from Ames more frequently, especially on the second Wednesday of every month.