February 2018

Garfield Park decked for the holidays

<p>Garfield Park and Indiana Rail Road partner for the holiday display at the Conservatory. Photo courtesy Garfield Park.</p>

Garfield Park and Indiana Rail Road partner for the holiday display at the Conservatory. Photo courtesy Garfield Park.

Models  trains are running again this holiday season at the Garfield Park Conservatory, just five minutes from downtown Indianapolis on the city’s southside.

Conservatory Crossing runs from Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, featuring model trains wending among villages, hundreds of poinsettias and thousands of twinkling lights. The holiday celebration is supported by Indiana Rail Road, Indy Parks and the Friends of Garfield Park Inc.

Most days, Conservatory Crossing’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 through Dec. 23, extended hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and $5 for the family.

Other holiday events at the park:

  • Holiday Crafts, 4:45 to 5:40 pm., Dec. 2 for 7- to 13-year olds. Make unique holiday cards and ornaments out of different natural materials. All supplies will be provided, so you only have to bring your creativity. Registration required: (317) 327-7580. Fee: $4.
  • Christmas at Garfield, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 12. Meet Santa at Conservatory Crossing, make toys with his elves at the Garfield Park Arts Center and sample Mrs. Claus’ treats at the Burrello Family Center. FREE.
  • Candlelight Crossing, 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 18. Enjoy the holiday trains and poinsettias at a special family reception. Relax with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the warmth and beauty of the tropical plants in the conservatory aglow with twinkle lights. Admission: $5 per person; $15 for the family.

For more information about these and other events, please visit the Garfield Park Web site. Here’s a map.

Spirit & Place tour at Garfield Park on Sunday

temp-big-image-headerJoin me Nov. 8 for a walk in Garfield Park as part of the 2009 Spirit & Place Festival’s Inspiring Places. Indeed, Garfield Park is inspiring, with its George Kessler designed Sunken Gardens, bridges, boulevards and parkways.

fogpheadright_10We’ll start at 1 p.m. at the Garfield Park Conservatory for a quick tour of the unique plants there and then head outdoors for about a 1- to 1 1/2-hour walk the park.

The event is free. Later in the day, people will gather at 5 p.m. at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan St., to talk about their memories of inspiring places. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

<p>2009 Spirit & Place Inspiring Places Tour @ Garfield Park.</p>

2009 Spirit & Place Inspiring Places Tour @ Garfield Park.

Sand sculptors complete pirate scene

(C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

(C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

The pirate-themed sand sculptures have been completed at Garfield Park on Indianapolis’ southside.

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Ahoy mate! Pirates at Garfield Park

pirate ship garfield editAt least 200 tons of sand have been delivered to the Garfield Park Arts Center, where it will be sculpted into a 100-ton pirate ship and five other pirate-themed creations.

Sculptors from The Sand Sculpture Company of Woodstock, Ill., will build the creations before our very eyes during a 28-day period, ending Aug. 16. There also are several sandboxes where children can dig for coins and other treasures.

When: Through Aug. 16 at the Arts Center, 2345 Conservatory Drive

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Ticket Prices

  • Ages 2 and under                  Free
  • Individuals                           $4.50
  • Family of 4                           $12, plus $2 for each additional member
  • Groups                                   $3 each; 20 person minimum

For more info: (317) 327-7135garfield park pirate2

Orchid Gardening

Hoosier Gardener on Fox59 Morning News – July 15, 2009

Orchids on display at Garfield Park

On the Hoosier Gardener segment on Fox 59-TV July 15, we visited Garfield Park and talked to Fritz Nerding about some of the 800 orchids on display in the conservatory.

Today is National Public Garden Day



IMA horticulturist Geoff VonBurg chats with guides-in-training, led by Jim Kincannon, also an IMA horticulturist. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

IMA horticulturist Geoff VonBurg chats with guides-in-training, led by Jim Kincannon, also an IMA horticulturist. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp


I’m a guide in training at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and last night, just as the sky cleared and the sun broke through, about a half dozen of my counterparts strolled through the gardens tended by IMA horticulturist Jim Kincannon.

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Garfield Park opens Children’s Garden

Moon and Stars watermelon © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Moon and Stars watermelon © Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Garfield Park staff and supporters have transformed a vacant gravel lot into a Children’s Garden, rich with a bounty of fruits, vegetables and a haven for wildlife.

At a recent open house, Glen Schroering showed off his raised bed garden to his parents. Glen works the bed with Josh Westin, a sixth grade classmate at Hoosier Academy on Indianapolis’ southside.

On this night, Glen, 11, a second-year Junior Master Gardener, harvested an heirloom watermelon called ‘Moon & Stars,’ and fingerling potatoes. “I like planting seeds and watching the plants grow,” he said.

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