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Gardens of The Herb Society of America

Central Indiana

Central Indiana

The Herb Society of Central Indiana partners with the White River Gardens of the Indianapolis Zoo to create a beautiful and fragrant herb garden. 

We are the only garden club to design, plant and maintain a garden within the Design Gardens.

Since 2000 our volunteers have primarily maintained the garden, while horticulture staff assists with watering and mulching and produces our signage.

We started in the Sunken Garden, that was always problematic with dry sides and an often wet bottom. Then the locust tree at one end grew and grew and it became a shade garden.  Not good!

We moved one garden north, to what had been the Secret Garden.  Large shrubs were removed and we gained a sunny spot and a brick wall for vines.  We added a raised planter along one edge that is wheel chair accessible.  It features herbs that encourage touching and smelling. 

We have four Design Pots in front of the brick wall.  Each is changed annually and designed by local designers and  nurseries, featuring the herb of the year when possible. They provide attractive ideas for those with less garden space. 

We enjoy sharing our herb knowledge with Zoo visitors and often share the scents of lemon balm or one of our mints or thymes.  We especially like to show children “how” to smell an herb. 

We provide a list (botanical and common names) of our over 100 plants, and use ephemeral signage to point out featured blooms and plants.