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.┬áThe 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.