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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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  • Apparently admission is free if you pay to get into the zoo. It is nice and relaxing. Quite a few butterflies and countless species of plants, shrubs, tress, etc. I rated it a little lower because the...  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 know they...  more »
  • Attempted to visit on MLK day as Zoo and parking were free. But alas, as with my previous visit the gardens were closed. The last time it was for removal of a lego display. This time it was for renova...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Ive been going here since it opened. I love White River Gardens. The butterflies are beautiful. The gardens have matured wonderfully over the years.
  • They are displaying the butterflies anx it was so beautiful.
  • Great gardens right next door to the zoo. They have event facilities as well as dining. A butterfly exhibit happens once a year. A great place to bring your mom. (I volunteered in the gardens and helped put in the knot garden.)