Setting up house in the gardens

Construction of The Great Pumpkin treehouse.

Ames resident and artist Carroll Marty installed "The Great Pumpkin" Wednesday afternoon at Reiman Gardens. Eight tree houses in a new exhibit opening this weekend were inspired by celebrations; in Marty's case, Halloween. Photo by Christopher Gannon.

As part of Reiman Gardens' 20th anniversary celebration, eight individually themed structures are being installed this week. The tiny buildings are part of the "Intreeguing Treehouses" outdoor exhibit.

Visitors will find the interactive houses scattered throughout the gardens' 14 acres. Although not located in trees, the structures sit among them. Each is crafted by local architects and artists and inspired by a specific celebration or event.

The exhibit opens Saturday, April 25, and runs through Oct. 25. Reiman Gardens is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended summer hours (until 6 p.m.) from Memorial Day through Labor Day. General admission is $8 ($7 seniors, $4 youth); free with annual memberships ($55 and up).

"Intreeguing Treehouses" exhibit

Structure name



1872 Arbor Day Lane

Scott Rummery

Arbor Day

Metaphotonic Pod

Reinaldo Correa, Curt Engelhardt

Butterfly metamorphosis

Obon To

Denny Salisbury, Carroll Marty

Japanese Obon festival

Text Hut

Skip Willits

Festival of Books and the written word

The Audubon Treehouse

Mike Gustafson

Audubon Day

The Aviary: A Migratory Bird Hatchery

Pam Dennis, Ryk Weiss

International Migratory Bird Day

The Great Pumpkin

Carroll Marty


Treehouse Surprise

Denny Salisbury, Carroll Marty

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