Serving our Community

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.

Our Community Projects

The Indianapolis Garden Club supports public gardens and green spaces in the Indianapolis area, including: community gardening efforts, public education on correct gardening procedures, civic beautification and conservation efforts, and programs promoting the knowledge and love of gardening. Fundraising efforts every year provide funds that the club uses to support its ongoing projects in the community, and to grant funds requested by local organizations that fit within the parameters of the club’s purposes.

The Nature Conservatory

IGC awarded funds to the Nature Conservancy of Indiana for the creation of a pollinator garden at their LEED Platinum-certified headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.  Trees, shrubs and native flowers were added to specifically attract a variety of pollinators.  New signage was also installed to educate visitors about conservation as they wander the garden.

Conner Prairie

The Indianapolis Garden Club has participated in several significant projects at Conner Prairie’s “living history museum” in recent years, including restoration of the Conner Prairie Wetlands, as well as underwriting construction of the iconic ‘Treehouse’ project.

ESKENAZI HEALTH FOUNDATION

IGC has supported the creation of the Sky Farm, part of a healthy, holistic healing environment at Eskenazi Health, and the recent purchase of recyclable, reusable bags for participants in their “Fresh Veggie Friday Program”. This collaboration between Eskenazi Health Nutrition Services and the Sky Farm will help to educate employees, patients and visitors about the importance of fresh produce and proper gardening and cooking techniques.

THE INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER

Funds were recently granted to the Indianapolis Art Center for the restoration of the ‘Nina Mason Pulliam Sensory Path’, linking the Center’s nine-acre Artsgarden to the heavily trafficked Monon Trail and the White River. Replacing existing plantings with an emphasis on native species and pollinator plants to attract birds, bees and butterflies has enhanced the sensory experience.

HOLLIDAY PARK & NATURE CENTER

Donations from IGC members helped to build the Nature Center at Holliday Park. Since then, the Garden Club has provided financial and hands-on support for ‘Labor and Learn Workshops’ and made significant donations to the recently completed Ruins renovation.

INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY

IGC’s support of the successful Seed Library has allowed the program to continue and expand to multiple branches. Seed packets and educational workshops for the community encourage residents to “Eat What You Grow” while fostering an appreciation for gardening, nutrition and healthy eating.

NEWFIELDS

The Indianapolis Garden Club has historically supported a number of projects at the IMA, including funding for ‘Christmas at the Lilly House’, the Madeline Elder Greenhouse and most recently, the annual Horticulture Symposium, introducing new audiences to the intersection of art and nature while stimulating the knowledge and love of gardening.

INDIANAPOLIS PARKS FOUNDATION

An eight-acre organic farm on the city’s east side that harvests nearly 30,000 pounds of produce feeds 26,000 families in need, “Indy Urban Acres” has provided more than 100,000 pounds of produce to area food pantries since its inception in 2011. Our investment supports the operations of IUA, a recently created Flower Farm, and the growth and expansion of the program, including education, training and workshops.

RANDOM ACTS OF FLOWERS

Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in Indianapolis-area healthcare facilities by delivering recycled flowers and personal moments of kindness.  The Indianapolis Garden Club has assisted RAF in supporting their commitment to environmentally sustainable operations, including the production of compost and recycling initiatives, as well as water conservation.