White River Gardens, Indianapolis

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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.HistoryWhite River Gardens originally cost $14 million to build. 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.GardensThe 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.Hilbert ConservatoryThe Hilbert Conservatory is a glass-enclosed conservatory that has a 65-foot-high ceiling and totals 5,000 square feet in size. Annually, the Hilbert Conservatory hosts, Butterfly Kaleidoscope, an exhibit that features over 13,000 butterflies from over 40 different species from around the world.
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  • We’ve gone multiple times to the gardens and always see something new. It’s a peaceful place to visit. We’ve been for the Christmas poinsettias and train and also been for the butterfly exhibit both a...  more »
  • White River Gardens is so beautiful. I love going to the Zoo and visiting the Gardens while there. Entry comes as a part of your Zoo ticket. I haven't been there to see the butterflies but I have seen...  more »
  • We loved this - visited it at the end of the Zoo day. Butterfly house - not a ton of butterflies, but awesome! The gardens - quiet and lovely - reminds me of European gardens. Totally recommend!!! Edu...  more »
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  • If you are going to the Zoo then a must stop is White River Gardens. At very least the outside portion that is free to explore. There is awesome gardens, sculptures, and exhibits to explore. It is much less busy than the zoo beside it. Definitely stop by and check it out.
  • We visited mid- March...Wonderful indoor tropical oasis..gorgeous tropical plants...white river garden is free with purchase of the zoo entrance ticket.....additional 10$ you have to pay for parking...however, we have seen people entering white river garden without buying zoo ticket...they just paid parking fee and entered white river gardens from the separate entrance...I'm not for sure if that's because is out of the season or is it a year around thing... ....
  • Beautiful quiet place. Doest take but an hour or two to go through. But it's a very peaceful and tranquil place.
  • Very nice and in some ways relaxing. It is well kept and clean, and there are some genuinely wonderous things in here. There is an indoor and an outdoor area. The one draw and a huge advantage is it's location. It sits right next to a road and on the other side is the zoo. While the sound of cars may be distracting and irritating, it's also easily accessible if you were already going to the zoo.
  • Beautiful Gardens attached right in the zoo! We really enjoyed ourselves. Zoo admission covered the entrance so it didn't cost anything! The butterfly cocoons were really cool to see!
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