The Ames Community Arts Council is excited to begin a new blog series that will highlight some of our wonderful members. Throughout the next few weeks, we will showcase our member's exhibitions that are on display.
Now until January 6, you can visit Reiman Gardens to see its RG Express Holiday Train! Learn more about this special holiday exhibit from Communications Coordinator, Maria Teply.
Can you tell me more about the upcoming exhibition, RG Express Holiday Train?
Visitors young and old will be enchanted by this custom-built garden-scale train. This unbelievably detailed “g-scale” (often called “garden scale”) display was created by Applied Imagination, an internationally recognized company whose train displays meld botanical design and architecture. Walk past, around, and under miniature buildings and bridges historically significant to Iowa State University and local history, all made using only natural materials.
Photo courtesy of Reiman Gardens.
How and when can members of the community check out the exhibit?
The train and outdoor lights will be here from November 17 through January 6. People can see them anytime we’re open, which is daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We are going to offer extended hours on Thursdays so people can see the lights lit against the evening sky. We will be open late until 8 p.m. on Thursdays from November 29 through January 3. Admission after 4:30 on these Thursdays is free.
What are some other exciting events happening at Reiman Gardens?
We have several holiday-themed events between now and Christmas:
Breakfast with Santa on December 8 will have two seating options at 8 and 10 a.m. Kids can bring their parents to enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. Visit with Santa, do holiday crafts, and write a letter to Santa.
Come in from the cold to experience a different king of blizzard at Butterfly Blizzard on December 15 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Attendees can release their very own butterfly into the Butterfly Wing.
In what other ways can the Ames community support Reiman Gardens, beyond attending events?
Visit us to see our annual sculpture exhibit that changes each year and make a trip to see our spectacular tulip display with over 55,000 tulips. Join our email list, Follow us on Facebook or become a member. Both are great ways to stay in the know about what’s going on. You can join our email list at the bottom of the homepage.