B. Rosie Lerner
Purdue Extension


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Gardening Getaways

If battling the weather, weeds, and Japanese beetles in your own garden is growing weary, why not plan a visit to a botanic garden or arboretum? 

Indiana has a number of public gardens where you can expand your palette of gardening ideas. Botanic gardens and arboreta are essentially living museums with plants as the exhibits. Public gardens are great sources of information about plants that can be grown in your area. Many public gardens have lecture series, tours and other special events as well.

The following brief list of gardens includes some of the larger public collections in Indiana. Hours of operation will vary, so it is wise to call ahead or visit the Web site to find out the specific hours for the particular site. 

Central Indiana

White River Gardens

Indianapolis Zoo

1200 W. Washington St.

Indianapolis, IN 46222


Indianapolis Museum of Art & Oldfields Estate

1200 West 38th St.

Indianapolis, IN 46208-4196

(317) 923-1331

Garfield Park Conservatory

2450 S. Shelby St.

Indianapolis, IN 46203

(317) 327-7220

Holcomb Botanical Garden

Butler University

4600 Sunset Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46208

(317) 283-9413

Jerry E. Clegg Foundation Botanical Gardens

1782 North 400 East

Lafayette, IN 47905

(765) 423-1325

Oakhurst Gardens

Minnetrista Cultural Center & Oakhurst Gardens

1200 N. Minnetrista Parkway

Muncie IN 47303

(800) 428-5887

Hayes Regional Arboretum

801 Elks Road

Richmond, IN 47374

(765) 962-3745

Purdue University Horticulture Gardens

1165 Horticulture Building

West Lafayette, IN 47907-1165

(765) 494-1296

Northeast Indiana

Foellinger-Freimann Conservatory

1100 South Calhoun St.

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

(260) 427-6440

Huntington College Arboretum

2303 College Ave.

Huntington, IN 46750

(260) 356-6000, ext. 2001

Northwest Indiana

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

71 N 500 W (enter on 100 N)

Valparaiso, IN 46385

(219) 462-0025


Writer: B. Rosie Lerner
Editor: Olivia Maddox