Friendly aliens


Garden-inspired space aliens are descending upon Reiman Gardens with numerous out-of-this-world events supporting the 2014 theme, A Garden Odyssey. The gardens’ latest exhibition, "Alien Invasion," opened April 26 and runs through Oct. 19.


About 20 alien "gnomes" are part of the exhibition.

The outdoor exhibit features eight large-scale, extraterrestrial sculptures created by several artists who chose concrete, steel, aluminum and other materials as their media. About 20 concrete "alien gnomes," decorated by garden, hobby and community groups from across the state, also are part of the exhibition. Look for these colorful, 30-inch tall beings throughout the gardens' grounds.

Many of the large-scale sculptures are for sale. Anyone interested in purchasing them may call the gardens at 4-2710. Some of the alien gnomes will be available for purchase in the gift shop. They cost between $130 and $200. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Reiman Gardens.

Reiman Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (6 p.m. after Memorial Day). Public admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $4 for kids. Children 3 and under, members and ISU students are admitted free. Photos by Bob Elbert.