Best Gardens in Indianapolis

Great landscape treasures in the Circle City.

Last week I was able to visit some of my favorite Indianapolis gardens. Each represents the diverse landscapes native to Indiana as well as plant species from around the globe. I encourage you to get out and enjoy the beauty of these great gardens with friends and family.   

Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Gardens

Garfield Park is located on the near south side of Indianapolis. The Conservatory & Sunken Gardens are located within Garfield Park’s 136 acres. The Conservatory is 10,000 square feet and contain many tropical plants from around the world. The Sunken Gardens is a 3 acre European classical formal garden with historic fountains. Both are sure to relax the body and rejuvenate the soul.

Indianapolis Museum of Art Garden & Grounds

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is located on the near northwest side of Indianapolis. The grounds consist of 152 acres which include: the Oldfields, a 26 acre estate recognized as a National Historic Landmark; the IMA’s 26 acre main campus; and the 100 acre Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.  Be sure to make a stop at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse to purchase plants while visiting the grounds.

White River Gardens

White River Gardens is located downtown nestled between the Indianapolis Zoo and White River State Park. This 3.3 acre garden consists of two distinct areas: the Hilbert Conservatory; and the DeHaan Tiergarten.  The Hilbert Conservatory is 5,000 square foot glass-enclosed space consisting of many tropical plants. The DeHaan Tiergarten is an outdoor garden consisting of a design garden, a shade garden, a sun garden, a water garden and a wedding garden.  

If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact me. 

Brian Jones is the President of Scenic Green Inc., an Indianapolis based landscaping firm. He is a certified horticulturist and a former 7th grade social studies teacher.

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