Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Garden, Indianapolis

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Garfield Park is a 128acre regional city park in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Established in the late 19th century, it is the oldest city park in Indianapolis and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is located at the confluence of Pleasant Run and Bean Creeks on the near Southside of Indianapolis. The 10000sqfoot Conservatory and Sunken Gardens are located in the eastern portion of the park. The noted landscape architect George Edward Kessler designed the Sunken Gardens along with many of the other features of the park as part of his Park and Boulevard Plan for the city.
Garfield Park is bounded by Raymond Street on the north; South Garfield Drive, East Garfield Drive, and Shelby Street on the east; Southern Avenue on the south; and the Louisville and Indiana Railroad tracks on the west. Emmerich Manual High School lies directly to the west on the other side of the railroad track embankment.
Much of the park is rolling fields, due at least in part to its location at the confluence of Pleasant Run and Bean Creeks. Pleasant Run enters the park from the north and flows southwest before exiting on the west. Bean Creek enters from the south near Shelby Street and flows northwest until joining Pleasant Run. Seven bridges span the streams within the park; three of them are for pedestrians only. The oldest of these bridges are constructed of limestone.
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  • Always loved visiting this place to see all the beautiful vegetation of plants and ponds. WE Loved it so much we decided to get married here. Had a VERY warm and amazing wedding in February, was...  more »
  • I bring my dogs to walk at this park and we enjoy it very much. It is quiet and has several areas for sitting and enjoying the peace without being disturbed. There are the Gardens which have been...  more »
  • Beautiful and well maintained both inside and out. The water features are quite enjoyable. A great place for a walk inside or out. The neighborhood is known for a bit of trouble, but the police patrol often.
  • I was thoroughly impressed with the variety of beautiful plants here. It's really humid and hot inside but I'm not complaining. That's what the plants need to survive. I want to build a small house in the middle and live there. 😄

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