Upcoming events for Horticultural Society members and guests

Late September (maybe 9/27) – Harvest lecture and dinner (maybe Aaron Bertelsen from Great Dixter)

December (probably Sunday 12/2)  – Reception and lecture by Patricia McMillan in DeBoest Lecture Hall; holiday decorations in grand houses

March (probably 3/17/19) – annual HortSoc meeting with reception and lecture by Lynden Miller (or Dan Hinkley)

May 5, 2019 – Benefit luncheon with lecture by Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature; in Deer Zink

Some of Indy’s best garden spots on tour Oct. 6-8, 2017

The gardens and grounds of the IMA and Westerley will be open for tours during The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s What’s Out There Weekend Indianapolis, Oct. 6-8, 2017.

About 30 tours will be conducted during TCLF’s signature, three-day event, which is free and open to the public. Registration is required, however. The Hort Soc is one of the sponsors of this event.

Roses form a hedge near the pond, which connects the properties of Raymond Leppard and Jack Bloom. Photo courtesy Jack Bloom

Tours last about an hour. Each day has different tours. Among the highlights: a golf-cart ride around Brendonwood, one of the country’s early planned communities and on the National Register of Historic Places, created in part by George Kessler; a stroll through the gardens of retired Indianapolis Symphony Maestro Raymond Leppard and his partnerJack Bloom; visit a fully restored Jens Jensen landscape at a home along historic Meridian Street and a Jens Jensen garden that is being renovated at Marian University.

Volunteers from Indiana Landmarks’ Cultural Landscapes Foundation Committee have been working with TCLF on this event, including Hort Soc members, Mark Zelonis, David Gorden, Ken Remenschneider, Meg Storrow and Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp.

Oldfield Terrace dedicated in Mark Zelonis’ name

The Indianapolis Museum of Art and the IMA Horticultural Society celebrated the dedication of the Oldfield Terrace in honor of Mark Zelonis. Zelonis retired in 2015 after nearly 20 years as the Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental & Historic Preservation.

The scene June 29, 2017 recalled the first time the horticultural society’s fund raiser for gardens and grounds projects in the 1970s.


IMA Horticultural Society President Ann Hathaway starts the program to honor Mark Zelonis. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

IMA staffers, hort soc members and others lined up to celebrate the naming of the Oldfield Terrace in honor of Mark Zelonis. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Charles Venable, Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, reviews manh of Mark Zelonis’ accomplishment when he was the Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental & Historic Preservation. Mark retired in 2015. http://www.indystar.com/story/life/home-garden/2015/12/18/hoosier-gardener-mark-zelonis-retires-ima/77558912/

Jonathan Wright, Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources, thanks Mark Zelonis for building such a great horticulture staff at the IMA. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Chad Franer, director of horticulture at the IMA, shares personal thoughts about his former boss, Mark Zelonis. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Mark Zelonis thanks the IMA Horticultural Society for its support of the horticulture department and the gardens and grounds. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Sally Zelonis eyes the camera. (C) Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp