You come to the Perennial Premiere Plant Sale for the plants…well, duh! But this year, you’ll be staying for the wonderful, exciting festival atmosphere.
In addition to some of the most beautiful and unusual plants (perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs and houseplants) this event also boasts a gathering of some of the most knowledgeable horticulturists in the Midwest. Nowhere else will you find such a well-informed assemblage to answer all your gardening questions…and all anxious to help you!
We have many previous Perennial Partners returning to help us celebrate spring:
Plus, we have many newcomers! For a complete list of vendors, schedule of events and times, and an up-to-date plant list, please click here.
The event begins Saturday, April 21st from 9am – 11am for IMA members, and from 11am – 5pm for the general public. You may purchase a membership the day of the event and immediately receive the special 20% discount on all purchases, otherwise make sure you have have your membership card with you to take advantage of the perks. There will also be additional parking available for free at the Interchurch Center at the corner of Michigan Road and 42nd Street…easy walking distance through IMA’s 42nd Street gate and to Greenhouse!
Adding to the festival atmosphere will be live music provided by Nick Ivanovich on Saturday, and Rusty Musket on Sunday. Among the many activities throughout the weekend, there will be guided tours of our historic gardens, 100 Acres, and Lilly House, as well as a family art-making event on Sunday. In addition, we all look forward to the annual Indianapolis Bonsai Club’s Exhibition at Lilly House. There will be a bonsai conifer styling demonstration with Mark Fields on Saturday and a bonsai tropical styling demonstration with Scott Yelich on Sunday. On Saturday, don’t miss a book-signing by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp and her talk, ”Spring Bulbs and Companions.” All, of course, while you enjoy delicious snacks and refreshments from Matt Kornmeyer’s Scratch Food Truck.
Taking the familiar and creating something new and exciting is what this weekend is all about. If everyone is selling a blue-flowering cultivar of ‘X’, we may have a yellow one. If everyone expects a plant to have green leaves, ours may have chartreuse, red or variegated leaves…you get the point. Even Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Flowers got “bumped up a notch” by Duke Ellington!
…and remember, the event happens rain or shine!