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Inside Iowa State
January 8, 1999

Gift funds another expansion at Reiman Gardens

by Steve Jones

An anonymous $1.8 million gift will fund the latest expansion of the Reiman Gardens. The Town and Country Garden will be a "home idea" garden to provide landscaping ideas and concepts for homeowners.

"This impressive gateway to Iowa State's beautiful campus will become an even greater educational tool with this newest garden," said President Martin Jischke. "Reiman Gardens concluded its fourth growing season this year, and as the gardens continue to develop in beauty, so does their popularity."

The Town and Country Garden will portray suburban, urban and rural settings. It also will inform visitors about paving techniques, pools, small fountains, furniture, fences and other landscaping features.

"This home idea garden will be a great facility for homeowners and others to learn about concepts they can apply in their own gardens and landscaping projects," said Mike Chaplin, horticulture department chair.

Landscape architects are in the early stages of planning the new garden. Plans call for bids to be opened in May, with a ground-breaking in June. Construction will be completed in late 1999.

The garden is the newest development at the Reiman Gardens. The facility includes rose, herb, fragrance and campanile gardens. Construction on a children's garden began this fall, and a dedication is scheduled next summer.

Five of Reiman Gardens' 14 acres have been developed to date. When the entire site is developed, it will be one of the largest public gardens in Iowa.

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