Horticultural Society Events and Programs

Saturday, February 20, 2016

8:00 am – 4:30 pm   Toby Auditorium, IMA

IMA Horticulture Symposium 2016:

Symposium 2016

Color in the Garden: Bloom and Beyond:  Selecting and designing for color in multiple seasons

Featured speakers:

Kelly Norris, Troy Marden, Scott Beuerlein,  and Irvin Etienne



$95 IMA Members

$90 IMA Hort. Society members

$110 Public

$55 Students

Early bird deadline is Feb.1st ($10 savings on these prices)

Use the link below and register now for the Early Bird Discount

Also: Member Discount: Enter your membership info before you make your purchase, to receive your member discount.  

Speaker profiles,  topics and registration:imamuseum.org/hort-symposium2016


March 6, 2016:  HortSoc Annual Meeting, IMA, Sunday, 2:00 pm. More details to come! 


2015 Events:

Kerry Ann Mendez     

Photo By Eric JenksNovember 15, 2015  Sunday  2:00, Toby Theater, IMA. Free. 3:00 PM Reception at Newfield. Free to all.  No RSVP required.

The Right-Size Flower Garden: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Aging Gardeners. Hailing from Kennebunk, Maine, our speaker, Kerry Ann Mendez, is an expert on perennials and author of three books.

Photo By Eric Jenks

Today, the reality of a “bigger is better” garden no longer holds the same allure as a “small is beautiful” one. We’re busy, we’re aging, and the demands of the garden can feel overwhelming. What to do? Make smarter use of the space we have and the plants we select, says garden expert Kerry Ann Mendez. In her talk, The Right-Size Flower Garden, she shares her successful recipe for having a garden we can manage and love again…the right-size, low maintenance, drought tolerant garden. The goal is ditching 50% of the work by choosing high-value plants and making simple design changes. You’ll learn which plants to switch out, which ones aren’t worth the effort, and which tools and practices will take the “chore” out of gardening. Her talk is filled with beautiful full-color photos, practical tips, “plant this not that” lists, and valuable shortcuts to success.

Mendez garden picKerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning speaker, writer and garden designer from Kennebunk, Maine. She focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plant material, and sustainable practices through her company, Perennially Yours. She founded the Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, in its 12th year. Her book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.


What a Plant Knows

December.  4, 2015    HortSoc Book Group, Friday – What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses,  by Daniel Chamovitz. Newfield, 10 AM. Open to all.

2016 Symposium!  Save the date. February 20, 2016,  Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toby Theater, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Speakers and schedule to be announced.


Recent IMA,  Horticultural Society  Programs and Events:

September 23, 2015, Wednesday

HortSoc Lecture Flyer_Sept2015 photoScotland: The South and the Borders. An illustrated Garden Journey with Mark Zelonis. 7:30 PM. Woodstock Club, 1301 W 38th St, Indianapolis.  A part of the Marguerite T. Smith Memorial Lecture Series. Dinner prior to lecture for Hort Soc members and their guests. $35 per person. Cocktails: 5:30; buffet dinner 6:15; lecture 7:30. Lecture following dinner, open to the public, 7:30 p.m.  Payment deadline for dinner reservations is Monday, September 14th.  Scotland Lecture Information


September 17, 2015, Thursday:  A Day of Bulbs with Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, Gloucester, Virginia Brent Heath

Two Lectures:   Click here for complete details.    

1. Living Flower Arrangements with Layers of Bulbs , Lecture and Workshop Thursday morning, 10:00 AM, Lilly House, IMA. Pre-registration required. $40 for IMA members, $50 non-members.

Brent Heath landscape

2. Bridge Flowers Lecture : “Lovely Long-Lasting Lilies, Awesome Alliums, Comely Camassia, Dancing Dichelostemma, Elevated Eremurus and a few other bulbs to Bridge the gap between Spring and Summer “   7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, DeBoest Lecture Hall, IMA, Free.  


August 14, 2015, Friday     Sissinghurst an Unfinished HortSoc Book GroupSissinghurst, An Unfinished History: The Quest to Restore a Working Farm at Vita Sackville-West’s Legendary Garden, by Adam Nicolson, 2010. 10 AM. Open to all.  Meet at Newfield on IMA campus.  Tour of Horticultural Society Library’s new location in the IMA main building immediately after. \



Horticultural Society Annual Meeting Thursday May 28th, 2015. Review of past year’s activities and Garden Update from  Mark Zelonis. Also, Mark’s photo review of recent Hort Soc trip to southern California, April 2015. Election of officers (biennial).  

April 24-26, 2015, Thursday-Friday-Saturday    Garden Club of America / Indianapolis Garden Club Flower  Show, Deer Zink Pavilion, IMA.   For program, see Indianapolis Garden Club Flower Show.   Also, prior year entries: Garden Club Flower Show floral designs entries.
April 18-19, 2015 Saturday and Sunday: Perennial Premiere plant sale. Greenhouse, IMA grounds. Last year’s brochure. Perennial Premiere more

April 6-11, 2015,  Sunday-Friday  Tour:  California trip picGardens of Southern California See our Travel website for complete information




April 11, 2015, Saturday; Volunteer Work Day,  IMA grounds, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Help control garlic mustard, wintercreeper and other invasive plants in the IMA’s gardens and give trees and shrubs some much needed pruning. After a little work, join Chad Franer (IMA Director of Horticulture) for a spring garden walk. See what’s happening as things come alive for the year.  You might learn a few things in the process that you can take back to your own garden

  • Bring work gloves.  Tools provided, but bring hand saws and pruners if you have them.
  • Workers of all skill and experience levels welcome.
  • Meet in the Pump House parking lot (just to south of Michigan Road entrance).
  • For planning purposes, please RSVP with David Gorden at dgorden@holemanlandscape.com or 849-3120.

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April 9, 2015 Thursday: Design Arts Society, an affiliate of the IMA, will present Peter Schaudt, FASLA, who will discuss the work of landscape architect Dan Kiley (1912-2004) at the IMA’s Miller House House and Garden. Kiley, a modernist landscape designer, created the Miller garden in 1955. Toby Theater, 6:30.




World of Andre le Notre


March 13, 2015, Friday     HortSoc Book Group André le Nôtre: Gardener to the Sun King, by Eric Orsenna  and The World of André le Nôtre, by Thierry Mariage. Newfield, 10 AM      



Meyer Flyer March 2015
March 8, 2015, Sunday      Horticultural Society lectureGarden Notes from China, by Paul Meyer; Toby Theater, IMA.  Tea following lecture, at Garden on the Green, IMA campus. Free to Horticultural Society and IMA members. Non-members $5.  Click here for further details of Dr. Meyers’s talk\
Living Landscape book cover
Horticultural Symposium
Saturday, February 21, 2015  / 8 am-4:30 pm   The IMA’s day-long horticultural symposium brought together regional and national experts to discuss the challenges and joys of creating a garden which is both beautiful and biodiverse. Topics included: woody and herbaceous native plant selection, to support desirable populations of birds, pollinators, and other wildlife; to help manage storm water; use of native plant “selections”; and special design considerations and recommendations for using native plants in the home landscape.

 Symposium Speakers 2015

Dr. Douglas W. Tallamy, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware. Winner of Silver Medal from Garden Writer’s Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home. Dr. Tallamy will present two lectures. The keynote talk, The Living Landscape, will show gardeners how to create a landscape that is full of life by designing a beautiful home garden full of bio-diversity. He’ll point out the role of plants in providing berries and fruits for birds, food for insects, and places for bees to pollinate.

His second talk, Building Pollinator Populations at Home, will discuss the important ecological roles of the thousands of species of moth and butterfly pollinators, and point out the plants required to support their populations in our landscapes. Kevin M. Tungesvick, Restoration Ecologist, Spence Restoration Nursery – Anderson, Indiana. Former VP of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society. Tungesvick’s talk, Native Plants from Around Indiana, will feature interesting and sometimes little-known species of native flora that provide a wealth of benefits in addition to their beauty. Jim McCormac, Avian Education Specialist, Biologist, and Naturalist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Award-winning birder and photographer. Author of several books and numerous articles on birding, conservation, and nature. McCormac’s talk, For the Birds, will concentrate on what bird species are attracted to the home landscape, and which plants are most likely to give them the most benefit of shelter and food. Irvin Etienne, Horticultural Display Coordinator, Indianapolis Museum of Art. Nationally recognized expert on herbaceous plants and garden design. Award-winning garden communicator. Etienne’s talk, Nativars – Strangers in a Strange Land, will cover the interesting new controversial question of using cultivated varieties of our native plants in the landscape. Presented by the Environmental & Historic Preservation Division with added support provided by the IMA Horticultural Society.


December 5, 2014, Friday    HortSoc Book Group One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place, 10:00 am, Newfield November 16, 2014, Sunday: My Mother’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Garden and Its Roots in the Progressive Era.   2:00 PM. Toby Theater. Free. Reception after lecture, at Newfield. Sept 11, 2014           Small Shrubs for the Perennial Garden,  Stephanie Cohen August 16, 2014       Hummingbird Banding event August 15, 2014       Book Discussion Group – David Douglas biography, 10:00 am, Newfield July 11-20, 2014     Gardens of Scotland trip June 7, 2014            A Garden Affair, dinner and plant auction, Deer Zink Pavilion, IMA May 29, 2014           Lecture by Charles Birnbaum: Modern Landscape Architecture:    Transition and Transformation, 6:00 pm, The Toby May 9, 2014             Book Discussion Group – Rubber plant history, 10:00 am, Newfield April 26-27 2014       Perennial Premiere annual plant sale  Info on 2014 event Perennial Premier April 12, 2014           Volunteer workday IMA grounds: Invasives pull, with grounds tour afterwards led by Chad Franer March 9, 2014          Lecture at Toby.  Speaker Denise Wiles Adams: American Home Landscapes: a Design Guide to Creating Period Garden Styles. Tea afterwards February 6, 2014      Emily N. Daniels Horticulture Symposium:  Smaller Garden – Bigger Impact, C. Colston Burrell, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Lee Reich, Vincent Simeone Please contact us with questions or webpage errors.