White River Gardens

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White River Gardens
White River Gardens entrance in 2007.jpg
Entrance to the gardens
Location1200 West Washington Street, White River State Park
Nearest cityIndianapolis, Indiana
Coordinates39°46′1.25″N 86°10′35.03″W / 39.7670139°N 86.1763972°W / 39.7670139; -86.1763972
Area3.3 acres[1]

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]

Hilbert Conservatory[edit]

The Hilbert Conservatory, designed by the Indianapolis architectural firm of Woollen, Molzan and Partners and completed in 1999, is a glass-enclosed conservatory that has a 65-foot (20 m) ceiling and totals 5,000 square feet (460 m2) in size.[3][4][5]

Annually, the Hilbert Conservatory hosts, Butterfly Kaleidoscope, an exhibit that features over 13,000 butterflies from over 40 different species from around the world.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Emmis Communications (July 2003). Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. p. 17. ISSN 0899-0328.
  2. ^ a b Knapp, Carla. "Bright Colors, Beautiful Scenes Await in White River Gardens". Indy's Child. Linear Publishing. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b John H. Russell; Thomas S. Spencer (28 July 2005). Gardens Across America, East of the Mississippi: The American Horticulatural Society's Guide to American Public Gardens and Arboreta. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-4617-3366-9.
  4. ^ Sally McKinney (2001). Great Indiana Weekend Adventures. Trails Books. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-915024-94-0.
  5. ^ Kevin A. Drawbaugh (16 February 1988). "Woollen's Mark Seen on Major Indiana Buildings". Indianapolis News. Indianapolis: C3.

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