White River Gardens, Indianapolis

#9 of 10 in Parks in Indianapolis
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The White River Gardens are botanical gardens located adjacent to the Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States. The gardens are a part of the White River State Park.
White River Gardens originally cost $14 million to build. Each summer the garden hosts "Butterfly Kaleidoscope," an exhibition of live butterflies in the Hilbert Conservatory. The exhibit was canceled for two years and restarted again in 2013.
The gardens and conservatory sits to the east of the Indianapolis Zoo and along the White River. There are over 1,000 different species of plants in the collection. It features the Hilbert Conservatory and a variety of different representational gardens including a shade garden, a water garden, and a garden specifically for weddings. One of the missions of the garden is to provide inspiration and ideas to gardeners on how to design their own gardens through design and traditional methods.
Hilbert ConservatoryThe Hilbert Conservatory is a glass-enclosed conservatory that has a 65-foot-high ceiling and totals 5,000 square feet in size. Annually, the Hilbert Conservatory hosts, Butterfly Kaleidoscope, an exhibit that features over 13,000 butterflies from over 40 different species from around the world.
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  • Beuatiful gardens that kids and adults will enjoy. This is out favorite part of the zoo. We come here several times a year.  more »
  • Our group visited the White River Gardens and Butterfly Garden close to the Indianapolis Zoo. The gardens are beautiful and offer a variety of garden styles and plants to enjoy. The butterfly...  more »
  • This is a really nice indoor and outdoor garden. We went after we went to the zoo and it was a nice way to wind down. The butterfly garden is really cool. The outdoor area is really awesome. It feels like an old fashioned British outdoor garden. You get in free with zoo tickets I think.
  • Nice scenery with green and blue environment in Indy downtown. Good place to exercise and spend an evening. Well maintained. Connected to white river and Indy zoo. Garden looks but antique but clam and quite place to relax. The butterfly arenas are worth to enjoy.

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