What’s New?

The following are our newest gardens, features, tips and Garden staff articles. Choose a feature below to learn more.

New Entrance Garden by Franz Witte

Last May, IBG shifted the Garden’s visitor entrance to the lower lot next to the historic smoke stack building in order to follow our Master Plan and provide a safer entry for pedestrians.  This summer, we are so excited to present the new Entrance Garden completed by Franz Witte! Thanks to the Franz Witte team, guests’ Garden experience begins right away with this welcoming garden filled with plants appropriate for our region. A plant list will be available on our website this fall, but be prepared for some amazing Ornamental Evergreens and new and beautiful varieties of shrubs and perennials.  There should be a splash of color for all seasons and you may even see a flamingo or two if you look close enough. We can’t wait for you to see it on your next visit!

Forcing Bulbs

Horticulture Director Toby Mancini prepares tips on forcing bulbs in the colder season.

Paperwhites are often considered a holiday classic as they can be easily forced indoors from late fall through spring. Their highly fragrant, cheery white blooms can perfume a room with ease, lasting for weeks during the cool, gray days of winter. Easily forced indoors, below are some tips to ensure success with your holiday classic.  <<Read more>>

Amaryllis are spectacular flowers that will provide a splash of color indoors when it’s lacking outside. Forcing these bulbs is easy and uplifting at a time of year we might otherwise not be feeling as energetic as we do in spring. Here are some tips to growing great blooms, indoors for the winter successfully. <<Read more>>

Click here for a bulb information chart!


Penstemon Collections NAPCC

IBG was recently awarded provisional status for our Penstemon collection by the North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC).  In North America, recognition by NAPCC comes close to conferring national status on public garden collections.  NAPCC is a joint program of the American Public Gardens Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, whose goal is to “coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation and to promote high standards of collection management.”  While our collection is still small, we look forward to watching it grow over time.

Treehouse Platforms

In the summer of 2013, the Children’s Adventure Garden welcomed new additions to the treehouses including a full platform, shade sails and children’s signature wall! Now visitors can view the Garden from high in the treetops!

Pave the Way to the Children’s Adventure Garden

In December 2013, commemorative engraved pavers were placed under the towers at the entrance to the Children’s Adventure Garden.

Pavers can be purchased to commemorate births, graduations, weddings, anniversaries or other special occasions, or simply to honor a loved one.

The pavers can be purchased in two different sizes: $150 for a 5″x8″ paver with 3 lines of engraving or $250 for a 8″x11″ paver with 4 lines of engraving. Commemorative pavers will be placed twice annually, in the spring and fall.

Click here to open the Paver Program brochure with complete details and a form to purchase your paver right away!

Contact the Garden at 343-8649 with questions.