To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening. To share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications. To restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvements.
A Rich History of Service
Conservation and civic improvement in our community is very important to The Indianapolis Garden Club. We are proud to have donated well over $500,000 in the form of grants to Indianapolis area nonprofit organizations for projects which support the mission of our club. Click on the photo buttons to learn more about recent projects.
Born from Humble Beginnings
In June of 1930, Mrs. John N. Carey invited several friends to her lovely home, Haverway Farm, to discuss forming a garden club in Indianapolis. Those in attendance were keenly interested and by November they had drawn up a constitution, various committees, and an organizational structure. Right away, the group had more in mind than social meetings and tea. A conservation committee was formed for the “preservation of wild flowers, plants, and trees”, for billboard and roadside improvement, and for horticultural shows. Other early club activities included lectures on gardening, scholarships to deserving students for study in horticulture or conservation, civic beautification projects, as well as participation in flower shows.
The Indianapolis Garden Club became a charter member of the Indiana Federation of Garden Clubs in 1932 and was admitted to the Garden Club of America in 1939. Today, over one hundred twenty IGC members work to support conservation, environmental education, horticulture, photography, and community projects. Over $500,000 has been contributed to worthy projects thanks to proceeds raised by the Garden Walk. Whether working locally or nationally through projects with the GCA, the Indianapolis Garden Club remains steadfast in its commitment to enriching the environment in which we live.