Here’s a list of where to see some of the best blooming flowers on ISU’s campus this spring

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune

The grounds of Iowa State University offer several places to catch some natural beauty this spring as the weather warms and dormant plants start to bloom again.

Reiman Gardens

What to see: 50,000 tulips and much more

A logical place to start to look for flowers on ISU's campus is Reiman Gardens — home to "aromatic herbs, Dr. Griffith Buck roses, a towering palm tree, native prairie species, and so much more," according to the Gardens' website.

Reiman Gardens is going to host extended weekend hours later this month and into May for the public to see its 50,000 tulips "at their prime," said Maria Teply, communications coordinator for the Gardens.

Daffodils bloom at Iowa State University's Central Campus on Union Drive Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Ames, Iowa.

Normally open daily 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Reiman Gardens will also be open on April 22-24 and April 29-May 1 from 4:30-8 p.m.

The Gardens also feature "thousands of other spring blooms," and Teply said other spring blooms besides tulips include Lenten rose, hyacinth and magnolia. Daffodils are also blooming.

Teply said the Gardens' gift shop will stay open until 7:30 p.m. during the extended hours, but the Butterfly Wing will still close at 4:30 p.m.

No preregistration is required for the extended hours, she said. Admission is free for members and ISU students, but the general public must pay to enter.

More information is available at reimangardens.com.

How to get there: Reiman Gardens is located south of Jack Trice Stadium between University Boulevard and Beach Avenue.

Reiman Gardens is not the only location on campus where flowers have been given a place to take root, however, and Barb Steiner — senior manager of campus services, which includes grounds maintenance — gave a couple more locations when given the question of what and where the best spring blooms are on campus.

Knoll (ISU's presidential residence)

What to see: Squill and daffodils 

Steiner said last week, "The squill and daffodils are blooming this week. If you go behind the Knoll to the west, there is a sea of blue, or to the northeast corner of Knoll there are some nice patches of the blue carpet of squill with bright daffodils in bouquets popping through."

Siberian squill blooms for 10 to 14 days, according to ISU Extension and Outreach.

The flowering season for daffodils may last anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on location and cultivars, according to the American Daffodil Society.

How to get there: Traveling west on Lincoln Way, turn right onto Union Drive, (before passing Memorial Union) and Knoll is on Knoll Road to the left.

Agronomy Hall

What to see: Tulips

Steiner said the tulips in the flower bed northeast of Agronomy Hall "will be a little later."

According to the city of Pella — home to the Tulip Time Festival and celebration of Dutch culture in Iowa, which is scheduled this year for May 6-8 — tulips generally bloom from the middle or late April through early May, depending on the weather.

How to get there: The northeast side of Agronomy Hall is on the southwest corner of the intersection of Osborn Drive and Wallace Road. Coming from the south, after passing Knoll on Union Drive, turn right onto Wallace Road.

Flowering trees

Steiner did not specifically say where to look, but did also mention that, "depending on temperatures, we’ll soon be seeing flowering crabapples, redbuds and other flowering trees."

Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com. He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.