Welcome to The Gardens
River Gardens continues the Indianapolis Zoo’s mission of
connecting animals, plants and people. This stunningly
beautiful 3.3-acre landmark botanical attraction combines the
best of gardening ideas, plant information and inspirational
design to serve the needs of all visitors. With hundreds of
plant varieties on display plus special Conservatory Shows
throughout the year, White River Gardens is an international
showplace for Indiana where visitors can enjoy and learn about
the bounty of the natural world.
Through The Gardens
your journey through the seasons with the "Midwestern Panorama"
Bud Schaefer Rotunda.
Miami-based muralist Andrew Reid created this 360-degree
depiction of gardening themes.
Next, navigate your way through the beauty and serenity of
Hilbert Conservatory. See the
Current Show along with exotic palm trees
and flowering plantscapes inside this warm tropical environment.
Continue on your journey into the ever-changing
DeHaan Tiergarten. Use your
Gardens Map while you meander through
all the unique outdoor spaces, including: the Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden, Polly Horton Hix Design Garden,
Knot Garden, Ornamental Allee, Ruth Lilly Shade Garden, Allen W. Clowes Water Garden, Indianapolis Zoological Hedge Garden,
Indianapolis Garden Club Heritage Garden, and finish in the
magnificent Efroymson Wedding Garden. Just like the seasons, the
gardens are always changing, so no two visits will ever be the
Need advice or inspiration to transform your outdoor spaces? Check
out these helpful gardening hints!
While on grounds, be sure to check out the handwritten
"Gardener's Notes" that offer some interesting and valuable
information about some of the most unusual plantings in the DeHaan Tiergarten.
Click on the titles below to learn more about each area of