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“Orchids” Opens at Newfields, Feb. 9, 2018 @newfieldstoday

January 23, 2018 1 comment

“Orchids” Exhibit at Newfields. staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner

Spring starts early with Orchids at Newfields
Orchids returns for the third year providing vibrant color Feb. 9 – Mar. 4

This winter, experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids in The Garden at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Returning for the third year, Orchids gives guests a tropical escape from the cold and welcomes early signs of spring from Feb. 9 through Mar. 4, 2018.

Curated by the Newfields horticulture staff, this year’s Orchids provides a new and fresh plant display. Explore diverse varieties of elegant orchids from around the world with hundreds of plants blooming inside the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, where experts are on hand to tell visitors about the blooming masterpieces.

Discover the historic Lilly House filled with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas. Take home your own pop of color by stopping by the Pop-Up Shop located in The Brett Waller Gallery inside Indianapolis Museum of Art, where staff and volunteers will be happy to share advice on orchid care.

For guests looking to expand their knowledge of these incredible plants, Newfields will offer workshops on mounting, repotting and basic care of orchids on Feb. 17, Feb. 22 and Mar. 3. Workshops are $45 and $50 for the public, with special discounts for Newfields members.

Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your knowledge about these delightful tropical plants and their connections to our art collection with Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

Don’t miss another sign of spring, the return of animals, with the debut of a giant, 10-foot long, blue snail. On Feb. 9, the snail will welcome guests into the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, waiting for the rest of its brightly colored friends to invade The Garden on June 1 as part of the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition.

Explore the tasteful side of orchids in The Café and through an expert-guided food tasting. Guests can also enjoy an evening in the Elder Greenhouse sampling wine and desserts inspired by the form, color and history of these fascinating plants at Edible Orchids on Feb. 23. The Café will feature orchid inspired menu items during the exhibition, including a mixed green salad topped with strawberries, candied almonds, orchid blossoms and a vanilla citrus dressing, other options include a mixed berry trifle with white chocolate vanilla mousse, and a blackberry vanilla prosecco cocktail.

Orchids is included with general admission and free for members. During the opening weekend, members will receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum & Garden Shop and in the Pop-Up Shop.

The full list of orchid related programming includes:

EVENT: Orchids opening preview
Feb. 8 / 5:30–9 p.m.
Free / Members only
Members get an exclusive first look at the new Orchids exhibition in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Enjoy a pop of color as hundreds of these rare and beautiful flowers fill the Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Watercolor Painting
Feb. 8, 15, 22 & Mar. 1 / 6–8 p.m.
Studio 3
$160 Members / $200 Public
Join us for a four-session class exploring the art of watercolor painting. Experiment with liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pans. Visit the Elder Greenhouse to do a watercolor study of orchids and visit the IMA Galleries to view examples of watercolor works in the IMA’s collection. Artists of all abilities welcome, adults 18 and over, please. Tuition includes cost of all materials, studio tools, and equipment.

Opens Feb. 9, 2018
Included with general admission and free for members
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields. These colorful and exotic plants will welcome guests with the first signs of spring. Escape the cold and discover colorful orchid varieties from around the world blooming inside the Greenhouse. Explore the historic Lilly House as orchids fill the rooms with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas and buy a plant (or two) to take home in the Pop-Up Shop inside the Museum.

TOUR: Orchid Stories in the Galleries
Feb. 9–Mar. 4 / Daily at 2 p.m.
Meet at the top of escalators
Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your visit to Newfields by discovering Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

EVENT: Horticulture Society Symposium
Feb. 10 / 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
$99 public / $89 members / $49 students
The Toby
Join fellow garden enthusiasts for an inspiring day of presentations on a wide range of horticultural topics from in-depth plant lectures to inspiring design ideas. Get inside the head of Newfields’ horticulturist Patty Schneider, who will share tips and inspiration for dynamic, textural, creative and whimsical combinations for your own garden. David Mattern, horticulturist from Chanticleer Garden, will illustrate how he has transformed their vegetable garden from something utilitarian into a beautiful and inspirational display. This year’s keynote lecture will be presented by Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

TALK: Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite, Greenhouse plant specialist
Feb. 11 / 2 p.m.
Free / Members only / Advanced registration required
Once a month, members get to go behind the scenes to learn more about exhibitions. This month, join Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition. Learn more about these exotic, beautiful flowers and what inspires the intricate displays. Wilhite will host a Q&A for attendees in the Orchids Pop-Up Shop after his presentation.

EVENT: Book Club: Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Feb. 15 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Lilly House & Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
Wine Tasting / $6 Members / $8 Public
Book Club discussion / Included with general admission and free for members
Orchids turn from mysterious to fatal in the fictional world of Michelle Wan’s Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne. Join Ian Wilhite, Newfield’s orchid specialist, as we discuss the amazing reality and allure of orchids. Before the discussion, stroll over to the Greenhouse to view the Orchid exhibition and sample wines paired with featured orchids, selected by Director of Hospitality and certified sommelier Josh Ratliff.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Epiphyting
Feb. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$35 Members / $45 Public
Many orchids in nature are epiphytes, meaning they grow without soil. In this hands-on workshop, learn to grow orchids in the air with a Newfields orchid expert. Mount your own orchid to take home and learn which varieties are best suited for thriving without soil.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Terrariums
Feb. 22 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 / 10–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
You don’t need to travel to tropical jungles to see miniature orchids growing and blooming, but with a little help from Greenhouse Specialist and Orchid Expert Ian Wilhite you can make an orchid terrarium. You will be provided with a fashionable glass container and all the material you will need including a miniature orchid.

EVENT: Edible Orchids
Feb. 23 / 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Pop-Up Shop
$65 Members / $75 Public / Recommended for guests 21 & over
Do you enjoy delicious food and gorgeous flowers? Spend an evening surrounded by orchids while sampling tasty treats inspired by the exhibition. We’ve commissioned local chefs to develop tasty treats inspired by the geometry and color of these captivating plants. Sample two wines, and then choose a glass of your favorite.

TALK: Orchid Discussion
Mar. 1 / 7 p.m.
Lilly House
Do you have pressing orchid questions you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Stop by Newfields for an exclusive talk with resident orchid expert Ian Wilhite. After learning more about the intriguing plants, make your way across campus to experience hundreds of orchids in the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Basics
Mar. 3 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
If you’ve been reluctant to grow your own orchids at home, this workshop is what you need to get started. Using plants from the Greenhouse, staff will provide insights and insider tricks on watering, fertilization, and re-blooming for next year.

ADULT CLASS: Beginner’s Bonsai
Mar. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Mar. 22 / 6:30–8 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$75 Members / $95 Public / Advanced registration required
This beginners’ workshop is designed to both instruct and inspire. Led by bonsai stylist Paul Weishaar, learn how to find the basic elements of a tree and recognized its potential. Style a tree and repot in a traditional bonsai container. All supplies included.

ADULT CLASS: Make a Hypertufa Container
Mar. 24 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$55 Members / $70 Public / Advanced registration required
Join instructor Carol Dale for a new spin on the traditional hypertufa, a fabricated porous rock, planter. Carol is a local artisan specializing in handmade hypertufa pots, garden ornaments, and felted items. This class is perfect for beginners and experience gardeners alike.

About Newfields
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit


Spring Blooms Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2017 1 comment


By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art provided free admission to this exhibit to (and many other media representatives) in exchange for the promotional consideration.

More than 3,000 patrons visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art last weekend to see the beautiful Spring Blooms exhibit. With 250,000 blooms on display all over the IMA grounds, it’s easy to see why! The colors are breathtaking, and the smells and aromas are intoxicating! Oh yes: and you can visit the new Beer Garden at the IMA Greenhouse!

The museum is open Tue-Sat 11 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Thu), plus Sun 12-5. The Spring Blooms exhibit is included with museum admission. If you like flowers, you will love this exhibit! Here are some photos from the beautiful exhibit.








Indiana Flower & Patio Show, Mar. 11-19, 2017

February 1, 2017 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of Marketplace Events

WHAT: Now in its 59th year, the Indiana Flower + Patio Show is a place where people visit to become inspired, informed and energized with helpful advice, thousands of solutions and the coolest new products. The show features more than 40 Showcase Gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas to take home!

The Indiana Flower + Patio Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 46 shows annually in 23 markets, including: 33 home shows in the U.S.; 14 home shows in Canada; and four holiday shows. The 51 events collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 2 million unique web visitors annually.

WHEN: 9 days: Saturday, March 11 through Sunday, March 19, 2017

WHERE: Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana – West Pavilion and Exposition Hall


Dig in to More Gardens — More Than an Acre!
This year’s Flower + Patio Show offers bigger, more extravagant Showcase Gardens that will wow when you walk down the aisles.

Looking for something more practical and affordable? The Show’s Feature Gardens will be scattered throughout the West Pavilion and Expo Hall, mid-sized gardens blending upscale and budget-friendly options to display a range of capabilities from the landscapers. There will also be a great showcase of gardens for all backyards on a budget.

Throughout West Pavilion and Expo Hall are more than 50,000 square feet of greenery — that’s almost the size of a football field!

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Get a glimpse of a marriage of elegant outdoor living with the natural environment. All the gardens at the Flower + Patio Show will include one or more items that are old, new, borrowed or blue. It might be an antique or a new plant, a borrowed artifact or new trendy blue color.

And this theme for the show also reflects the time-honored tradition of having “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” to give a bride good luck on her wedding day.

McNamara Florist features a wedding garden installation in the center of West Pavilion. This wedding-themed garden is the perfect place to get married, surrounded by gorgeous greens and the most beautiful tablescape and decorations.

A Growing New Feature: The Plant Market
It’s an exciting new addition to the Indiana Flower + Patio Show — the Plant Market! This new feature offers Flower + Patio Show visitors a first look at the buds of spring. Take home herbs, succulents, seeds, terrariums, cacti and hardy spring annuals.

Plus, get fresh flowers, plants and supplies throughout the 4,500 square feet of the Plant Market, located just inside the north entrance of West Pavilion!

HGTV’s Chris Lambton Transforms Your Yard
Chris is host of DIY Networks “Yard Crashers” and appears with wife Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard,” where they transform backyards, one house at a time. The show highlights Chris’s landscaping skills and gardening know-how as he creates outdoor living spaces and features including patios, pergolas, fire pits and water features for deserving homeowners.

Chris appears at the Flower + Patio Show Friday, March 17 through Sunday, March 19, offering attendees expert advice that includes landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care and maintenance for all the areas of your outdoor living space.

Meet HGTV’s The House Counselor, Laurie March
As the host and creative force behind The House Counselor on, Laurie March guides her clients through the potential minefield that a remodeling project can become. Also the design coordinator for DIY Network’s Blog Cabin, Laurie shares her knowledge and passion for remodeling, decorating, gardening, cooking and crafting.

Laurie appears at the Flower + Patio Show Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, sharing with attendees her approach to project managing and remodeling, which focuses on both the emotional and tactical aspects of a design project.

Master Your Home Garden Dream with Carrie Petty
Carrie Petty is a fourth-generation Hoosier, Master Gardener and a garden and lifestyle blogger. It is her passion to show people how to “Grow a Beautiful Life.” After 20 years as an award-winning custom homebuilder, Carrie now does what she loves best — playing in the dirt! Carrie appears at the Flower + Patio Show with tips on mastering your garden dream and how gardening and dirty hands equal a beautiful life. “A green thumb is a good life!”

Take Your Blooms To Go
The American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is managing the fresh-cut flowers-to-go portion of the show, which is the flagship of the Plant Market. Show visitors get the chance to take home the scents, colors and textures of the season. The large, colorful retail display offers fabulous bouquets of healthy, hardy blossoms that can be purchased to take home at great prices!

AIFD will bring Show attendees the freshest flowers possible, sourced from around the world. Be sure to stop in for the best buys in fresh-cut flowers.

AIFD designers also will be onsite daily to help with flower selection, commentating on floral design, hosting hands-on workshops and answering any questions you have about caring for your fresh flowers.

Get in On the Hands-On Fun!
Check out the Flower + Patio Show workshops for some hands-on fun! Not only can you listen and learn, but you can participate. Create gardens of all types and sizes, build your dream bridal bouquet, design a unique signature bracelet and much more during these brand-new workshops.

All workshops will take place in Expo Hall near the Outdoor Living Stage at the west end of the building.

Think Spring with Outdoor Living Experts
The Outdoor Living Stage hosts the area’s most accomplished outdoor living experts, offering advice to dig your hands and mind into. Take a break from marveling at the exhibits, including the spectacular Showcase Gardens, and visit the Outdoor Living Stage!

The Belgard Challenge
The Belgard Challenge, one of the Indiana Flower + Patio Show’s most popular attractions, again pits three Central Indiana landscape designers against one another to create the most fabulous garden within a price range of $25,000 installed.

Showgoers love the Belgard Challenge because they choose the winner through onsite voting. Be sure to spend time inspecting each garden, and vote for your favorite!

Recreation Unlimited Kids Play Zone
Want to bring the whole family to the Flower + Patio Show, but you’re not sure what the kids will enjoy? Try the Kids Play Zone! Featuring equipment from Recreation Unlimited, this area is designed to let the kids play and give you a chance to try before you buy. Backyard playsets, basketball goals, trampolines and more will be on display and ready for your kids to explore.

Expo Hall Shines in the Dark
More than 12,000 square feet of gardens “in the dark” use only landscape, theatrical and multi-purpose lighting. This never-before-seen feature is headlined by Vive Exterior Design, Fiano Landscapes and Country Gardens. And joining them is Cool Ponds. Always a crowd favorite, Expo Hall in the Dark promises a stunning waterscape design.

Packed full of gardens and features, Expo Hall will be just as beautiful and full of must-see features as West Pavilion.

Blooming Sale!
Spot something in an Indiana Flower + Patio Show garden you can’t live without? Almost all plant materials, hardscapes, structures and decorative pieces used to create the magnificent gardens at this year’s event are available at our annual Blooming Sale!

When you see something for your own at-home landscape, talk with the onsite representatives of the garden where it’s displayed, and they will reserve the item for you. Then on the final Sunday of the show, you can pick up your new treasure!


Noble Evening in the Garden: Where Dreams Blossom
This preview gala to the Indiana Flower + Patio Show began in 1997. It takes place on Friday, March 10, 2017, featuring house favorites from Indianapolis’s top restaurants, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and more. Don’t miss this exciting preview, set among the fabulous Showcase Gardens, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The 21st Annual Noble Evening in the Garden is presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis and hosted by the Noble Auxiliary, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Noble of Indiana.

Hero Day – Tuesday, March 14
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Tuesday, March 14! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Flower + Patio Show for the day!

TICKETS: $14 – Adult FREE – Children 12 and under


Saturdays 3/11, 3/18 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays 3/12, 3/19 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday 3/13 – 3/15 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday-Friday 3/16-3/17 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

ONLINE DISCOUNT: Check out the Indiana Flower + Patio Show website at and get $2 off admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save!



“Color Me Orchid” Exhibit at IMA, Feb. 19-Mar. 13, 2016

January 23, 2016 Leave a comment

By Stephanie Perry
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Winter is in full swing, but flowers are blooming at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Step into spring with the new Color Me Orchid exhibition, a vibrant and stunning display of orchids in the IMA’s Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse from Feb. 19 through March 13. The exhibition will pay homage to the brilliant colors, shapes and pattern of orchids, while also highlighting their history and connection to the IMA. Throughout the show, orchids will be available for purchase in the Greenhouse and at a special Pop-Up Shop in the main Museum building. IMA horticulture experts will be available to share advice on orchid care.Orchid pictured: Phalaenopsis Jiuhbao Fairy. Photo by Eric Lubrick. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

For more than 40 years, orchids have been a striking staple in the Greenhouse. The orchid was the favorite flower of Madeline F. Elder, who rallied volunteers and support to save the Greenhouse from demolition in 1972. From the beginning of Elder’s involvement, the Greenhouse has housed this exquisite flower.

“Orchids have a great history of captivating people,” said Sue Nord Peiffer, the IMA’s greenhouse manager. “People really enjoy seeing this exotic and diverse group of plants. They have the most complicated bloom in the flowering world.”

For guests looking for extra tips for caring for these complex flowers, the IMA will offer workshops on mounting and repotting orchids on Feb. 27 and March 5. Workshops are $35 and $60 for the public, with special discounts for IMA members.

The exhibition is the first of its kind in the Greenhouse in recent years. As a living gallery space, the Greenhouse offers classes, workshops and educational plant displays year-round.

Color Me Orchid is included with general admission and free for IMA members. During the opening weekend, IMA members will receive a special 20 percent discount in all onsite retail stores, including the Pop-Up Shop and Greenhouse.

“Although this exhibition may seem nontraditional for the IMA, it is reflective of our new direction,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, the IMA’s Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO. “We are more than an art museum— we have botanical gardens, a park and a historic estate. We have scientists, horticulturists, teachers and historians on staff. We want to showcase the expertise of our team and the experiences that make our institution unique. When guests visit the IMA, we hope that they not only explore the galleries, but all that we have to offer on our diverse, 152-acre campus.”

To learn more, visit



Indiana Flower and Patio Show, Mar. 14-22, 2015

February 6, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show

At the Indiana Flower and Patio Show. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Sara Holtz
On behalf of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show

The Indiana Flower & Patio Show is scheduled for Mar. 14-22, 2015, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Think “fresh” when spring arrives at central Indiana’s original finer outdoor living show, which will host over 450 exhibitors, 50+ expansive showcase and exhibitor gardens, refreshed Expo Hall, “Indiana’s Own” artisans, seminars, children’s recreation area, pet adoptions, and new 4,500-square-foot plant market with fresh-cut flowers, herbs and more!

Showcase garden designers will offer out-of-the-box ideas, inspiring outdoor structures, incredible fire features, stunning water gardens, dream outdoor kitchens, ingenious plantings, the latest trends in outdoor furniture, hardscapes, and stones and boulders to finish off picture perfect spaces.

First 100 guests to check in at the information booth every day receive a swag bag. Marsh Day will feature giveaways from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on March 17.

New convenient parking is located at the Fairgrounds 38th Street lot. For more information, including listings of landscape designers and exhibitors, show features, stage schedule, and admission discounts, log on

57th annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show

Sat, March 14 through Sun, March 22, 2015

10 a.m.- 7p.m. Mon – Wed; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thurs – Sat; 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday

$13 adults; $9 seniors 65+ on Senior Day (March 16); children 12 and under free; $5 parking per vehicle; discount tickets and $3 coupon available online

Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall & West Pavilion, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis 46205