White River Gardens

1200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN - 46222

Type: Parks
(317) 630-2001

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White River Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden located in Indianapolis, Indiana, adjacent to the renowned Indianapolis Zoo. Established in 1999, it spans three acres and features a diverse collection of plant species, themed gardens, and stunning landscapes, making it a popular destination for nature lovers, garden enthusiasts, and visitors of all ages.

The gardens are designed to showcase a wide variety of plant life, including flowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses, arranged in beautifully landscaped beds and displays. Visitors can explore a series of themed gardens that highlight different plant species, gardening techniques, and ecological concepts, providing opportunities for education, inspiration, and relaxation.

One of the highlights of White River Gardens is the Hilbert Conservatory, a glass-enclosed greenhouse that houses a tropical rainforest exhibit. Inside the conservatory, visitors can wander through lush vegetation, towering trees, and cascading waterfalls, while enjoying the sights and sounds of exotic plants and wildlife from around the world.

In addition to the tropical rainforest exhibit, White River Gardens features several other themed gardens and outdoor spaces, including:

  1. The DeHaan Tiergarten: This garden features a collection of sculptures, fountains, and plantings inspired by the German tradition of tiered gardens, providing a tranquil oasis for visitors to enjoy.
  2. The Celebration Plaza: This outdoor event space features a beautifully landscaped amphitheater surrounded by seasonal plantings, providing a picturesque setting for weddings, concerts, and other special events.
  3. The Rapp Family Ravine Garden: This garden showcases native Indiana plant species, including wildflowers, ferns, and grasses, in a naturalistic woodland setting, providing habitat for local wildlife and promoting conservation awareness.

In addition to its gardens and exhibits, White River Gardens offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and special events throughout the year, including gardening classes, plant sales, and children's activities. The gardens also serve as a popular venue for weddings, receptions, and corporate events, providing a picturesque backdrop for celebrations of all kinds.

Overall, White River Gardens is a hidden gem in the heart of Indianapolis, offering visitors a serene and beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're exploring the tropical rainforest, strolling through the themed gardens, or attending a special event, a visit to White River Gardens is sure to inspire wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

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