This month, Hamilton County, Indiana will take two weeks to celebrate the joy of gardening. With more than a dozen quality garden centers, numerous public gardens and heritage horticulture, flower fans of all ages can tour gardens, take classes and enjoy demonstrations throughout the county.
The celebration begins June 7 at the Ambassador House in Fishers, with a ticketed dessert reception featuring noted topiary expert Pearl Fryar. Fryar uses live plant material to create original, elegantly abstract forms of topiary. Art and botanical enthusiasts from around the world recognize Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden. The following day, gather at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater for a free event that includes a Fryar lecture and demo, plant sales, food, and fun!
Your fun doesn't end there. Stroll through a lush garden, get your hands dirty in a pot-making class, or visit a store sure to satisfy all your gardening wishes. Wednesday-Saturday this summer visit the Museum of Miniature Houses to see an exhibit of miniature walled gardens, including a Southwestern Garden, a Southern Lady Garden, and a Fantasy Garden. Admission: Adults $5, Children $3.
June 14, learn the ins and outs of making cool containers for your plants during the Hypertufa Pot-Making Class at Garden Thyme at the Old Schoolhouse in Noblesville. If you can't make the class, stop in for herbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and architectural salvage. Also on June 14, meet at the Carmel Clay Historical Society where you can wander the streets of Old Town and enjoy beautiful, private gardens. The tour will feature historic properties and include historical snippets from Carmel's history.
Spend the afternoon of June 19 at Strawtown Koteewi Park to learn how Native American gardeners used companion planting to grow abundant gardens and gathered useful resources from the diverse ecosystems. That evening, enjoy a live band, a food truck, beer, wine and gorgeous scenery at Evening in the Garden at Allisonville Nursery. Admission is free for both events. On June 21, close out the two-week celebration in Cicero at the 3rd Annual Arts and Rain Barrel Auction. Art, activities, and local dining specials around town make for a fun evening out.
If you simply want to see gorgeous greenery, visit the Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park and Rita's Backyard in Fishers, Stonycreek Farm & Nursery in Noblesville, or Cool Creek Park & Nature Center and Cox Hall Gardens in Carmel. For more information on other nature trails, places to shop for gardening supplies and other events: VisitHamiltonCounty.com/Gardens