Whether you’re a long-term gardening enthusiast, a recent COVID gardener, or you’re simply craving a nature immersion beyond the overwhelming cicada takeover, the southern Indiana region offers beautiful botanical experiences to fit any level of interest.
Here’s a round-up of some buzz-worthy spots that are in full bloom in the area!
Paint Box Garden at NoCo Arts & Cultural District
Status: In Progress (will be open soon)
The blooming NoCo Arts District in downtown Jeffersonville is getting another gorgeous pop of color with its newest project, The Paint Box Garden, opening on July 10th. Envisioned to be both visually stunning and educational, the garden will be planted right between the fabulously colorful water tank and the NoCo Arts Center. The garden features a pop of bold primary colors specifically chosen to demonstrate the dyeing process, as well as to teach admirers about primary and secondary colors.
On July 17th, the Arts District will welcome community members to paint a mural path from the base of Big Four Bridge to the front door of the NoCo Arts Center on Michigan Avenue, featuring many of the flowers planted at The Paint Box Garden.
To get updates or read more about The Paint Box Garden, click here.
Monarch Garden, The Arts Alliance of Southern Indiana
Status: Free and open to the public
Historic downtown New Albany recently received an educational garden installation in early June, featuring a loop path surrounded by raised bed gardens containing plants specifically for the monarch butterflies. Not only will you be surrounded by zinnias, verbena, salvia, and milkweed, but the garden will also showcase a smaller garden for carnivorous plants, a crafted wetland area, and the Little Free Library featuring children’s books and gardening guides. Find Monarch Garden updates here.
Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Admission: Free and open to the public
A newcomer to the Louisville garden scene after several years of development, Waterfront Botanical Gardens strategically built its foundation on a landfill. This allowed the space to create the perfect caterpillar-to-butterfly metaphor in its transformation. Featuring a gorgeous Water Wall overlooking the Louisville skyline, an edible garden, a native garden, pollinator garden and perfectly placed benches and paths to enjoy the budding space, this is a great way to explore with family and friends. You can also enjoy the back of the property’s winding path to Beargrass Creek Pathway and Waterfall Stream, which takes you to the Butchertown Greenway, a nice walking and biking path that leads to the Ohio River.
In addition, the Gardens just announced the start of Phase 2 to install The Japanese Garden, which will include a tea house, summer house, Zen garden, bonsai garden, as well as a pond, waterfall and traditional arched bridge, creating the perfect meditative garden space. Get updates here.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Admission: Adults: $9
Seniors and ages 6-17: $5
Children under 5 & Active Military with ID: Free
Celebrating nearly 20 years as an official community-facing botanical garden, Yew Dell is a gorgeous property that has grown from a residential oasis to a community gem featuring more than 10 gardens, an arboretum, a nursery, and a gorgeous event space. With gardens for every season and wandering trails, Yew Dell offers year-round activities.
Yew Dell offers classes and workshops (even Tai Chi in the Garden!) to keep inquisitive minds active. You can also check out their 2021 Bourbon & Botanicals Music Series on Thursday evenings in July and August, where they’ve paired up with neighbor Kentucky Artisan Distillery to feature local bands.
Learn about Yew Dell’s events and tour schedule here.
Seeds & Greens Garden Cafe
Dine where your food grows at the newly opened Seeds & Green Garden Café! Seeds and Greens Market and Deli is a natural and organic food store and cafe. The cafe serves favorites like paninis, salads, soups, hot and cold sandwiches, daily specials, omelets, smoothies, coffee drinks, espresso, lattes, & functional drinks like kombucha. Enjoy a meal or a glass of wine in the garden surrounded by broccoli, tomatoes, kale, radishes, eggplant and numerous herbs that will also be incorporated into meals as they harvest.
The area’s growing garden scene is a great way to build sustainable green spaces and engage the community in educational and relaxing environmental immersion.