The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit Celebrating New American Gardens, from Jan. 31 through Oct. 15. The exhibit showcases 21 gardens from across the United States that have created new gardens or renovated a garden within the last five years. Photos, drawings, landscape designs and project descriptions share the story of each new garden. Featured in this exhibit is Reiman Gardens’ newly opened garden space, the Hillside Water-wise Garden, which is a part of Reiman Gardens’ 20-year master site plan. Four different styles of water-wise gardens are represented, all planted in gravel as the growing media. The Hillside Water-wise Garden will be represented in this exhibit utilizing photographs.


Public gardens across America are engaging, inviting and dynamic. Gardens are living creations, as they display seasonal changes along with a constant ebb and flow. These new gardens showcase new plant collections, create spaces for people to connect with nature, and foster sustainability.


“Gardens are always changing – with the seasons, with emerging gardening trends, and with their communities. We are excited to feature these new gardens and showcase the diversity and beauty of modern garden projects,” said Saharah Moon Chapotin, U.S. Botanic Garden executive director.


“Reiman Gardens is pleased to be part of this special exhibit, which celebrates new and innovative garden designs across the country. The Hillside Water-wise Garden represents a garden style relatively new to the United States, is the only one of its type in Iowa and has the most imposing setting on an acre of terraced hillside with a majestic ten-foot wide staircase. The grandeur is amplified by an educational focus on a new style of sustainable gardening,” said Reiman Gardens’ Director Ed Lyon.


Gardens with projects featured in the exhibit are:


Adkins Arboretum, Maryland


Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York


Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Massachusetts


Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois


Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado


Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Michigan


Green Bay Botanical Garden, Wisconsin


The Grotto Gardens at the Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Florida


New Orleans Botanical Garden, Louisiana


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pennsylvania


Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon


Reiman Gardens, Iowa


San Diego Zoo, California


San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California


State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Georgia


Tohono Chul, Arizona


Tulsa Botanic Garden, Oklahoma


United States Botanic Garden, District of Columbia


Waterfront Botanical Gardens, Kentucky


Throughout the exhibit run, the USBG will offer programs, workshops, lectures and tours related to the exhibit. Visit www.USBG.gov/NewAmericanGardens to learn more about the exhibit and associated programs.


The U.S. Botanic Garden is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Ave. SW, on the southwest side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to use Metrobus and Metrorail. More information is available at www.USBG.gov.