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World's Largest Concrete Gnome

1407 University Blvd., Ames, Iowa 50011 USA

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“The biggest gnome you'll ever see”

Elwood, the World’s Largest Concrete Gnome, is situated within Reiman Gardens’ 17-acre site. Reiman Gardens offers a year-round destination featuring distinct gardens always changing with the seasons. In addition to changing annual themes and special events, the Gardens offers a tropical indoor plant Conservatory, a Butterfly Wing with 800 exotic butterflies in flight, and a Gift Shop. The hours for Reiman Gardens is 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 6:00 from May 1 through September 30. Admission rates: $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors ages 65 and up, $4.50 for youth ages 2-12, and free for youth under 2. www.reimangardens.com

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Reviewed by
adewane123

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 17, 2017
Rated 1.0

As a heads up you have to pay an $8 entrance fee to see the gnome in the gardens - decided to pass as it's a pretty steep fee to pay for a photo op.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anniehi2003

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2014

We went for the Gnome and found a whole lot more. It was a really nice little break from the drive. The gardens were great and the flowers and butterflies rocked.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AmandaMellick

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 04, 2014

This is located in Reiman Gardens on ISUs campus between Hwy 30 & Jack Trice Stadium. We found it to be worth our while.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
briannebilyeu

  • 16 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2020
Rated 5.0

Cute stop at Iowa State U. The gnome is one exhibit near the back of the Raymond Gardens. Tix were $10 each, but that seemed to be a fair price for entrance to the gardens.

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Reviewed by
jku0624

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2016
Rated 4.0

Located in a gorgeous botanical garden right next to the Iowa State campus, this gnome was a highlight for my kids along with the Lego exhibit that was currently there. I didn't give it 5 because we thought the gnome was free from the app (for a quick photo op) but found out it can only be seen once paying garden admission. $8-adult; $4-kids

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Reviewed by
ElizabethMacDonald

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 01, 2016
Rated 4.0

Love the Gnome but I think the butterflies stole the show!

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Megan Bannister

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June 15, 2016
Rated 4.0

Elwood the World's Largest Concrete Garden Gnome has been on my bucket list for awhile so I was delighted when we finally visited! The rest of Ames' Reiman Gardens is beautiful as well and definitely worth the price of admission if you're in the area.

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Reviewed by
Jessie Higgins

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 26, 2016

We did not get to see this because it's costs money to enter the garden.

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Reviewed by
annapanna06

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 01, 2016
Rated 4.0

We got there 15 minutes late, but the front desk lady Bev was a sweetheart. We sweet talked her and let her know that we had just driven all day from Wisconsin to see this gnome. She said we were nuts, but let us high tail it to the back of the garden to snap a quick photo with him. The Elmwood is located in the rear of the Reiman gardens on Iowa State University campus. He's not a large as would have hoped, but worth the stop if you can finagle a free entry ;)

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Reviewed by
Carri

  • 16 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
November 12, 2015
Rated 3.0

Our family of 6 were just stopping by quickly to see the gnome and take a fun picture. We didn't have time to stay and enjoy the garden and we didn't want to spend over $40 just to take a picture. So we took a picture with a mini gnome in the gift shop. Wish we would have been able to see the giant gnome, it was one of the sightseeing stops on my trip I was most excited about.

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World's Largest Concrete Gnome

1407 University Blvd.
Ames, Iowa
50011 USA

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