Horticultural Society

Founded in 1972, the Horticultural Society is the IMA‘s special interest group for its grounds and gardens and offers its members opportunities to share gardening experience and expertise. The Horticultural Society also maintains an extensive horticultural library, located in Newfield on the IMA campus. Horticultural Society members enjoy lectures featuring noted local, national and international speakers, travel opportunities to gardens throughout the US and abroad, and opportunities to volunteer in the IMA gardens, greenhouse, and the Horticultural Society Library.

The Horticultural Society is led by a Board of Directors and is advised by Mark Zelonis, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director of Environmental and Historic Preservation, as well as a Museum Affiliate liaison.

View a complete list of gardens available to IMA Horticultural Society members for discounted or free admission through the American Horticultural Society reciprocal admissions program.

AHS Reciprocal Admissions

Upcoming Events


Garden Work Day
1 - 3 pm
Meet at Newfield for removal of invasive plants and plant pruning. A tour of the gardens will follow.
This event is open to the public.


FILM: Planet Indy: More Than Honey
7 pm in The Toby
$9 public ticket / $5 IMA member ticket

Honeybees are disappearing from their hives, never to return. This phenomenon of “colony collapse disorder” is spread worldwide- with some areas losing up to 90 percent of their local bee population. In More Than Honey, Swiss filmmaker Markus Imhoof explores the fascinating world of bees, the multiple threats facing them and their indispensible role in our survival. Presented with Slow Food Indy.
To purchase tickets visit http://www.imamuseum.org/film/planet-indy-more-honey


Hort Soc Book Club
The Thief at the End of the World: Rubber, Power, and the Seeds of Empire by Joe Jackson
10 am at Newfield
Free and open to the public

For questions, contact Greg Shaner at gregory_shaner_454@comcast.net


A Garden Affair: Horticultural Society Biennial Dinner & Auction
5:30-9:30 pm Deer Zink Events Pavilion
More details to come

Seasons eNews

Read about upcoming events, seasonal horticultural news, and other fun stories in the quarterly eNewsletter.

Winter 2013
Fall 2013
Summer 2013
Spring 2013
Winter 2012
Summer 2012
Spring 2012
Winter 2011

2013-2014 Board Officers

David Gorden, President
Helen Dickinson, Past President
Kevin Foy, Vice President
Ann Hathaway, Vice President
Kathleen Hull, Secretary
Rosie Steinmetz, Treasurer
Dawn Stelts, Director
Jamie Gibbs, Director
Susan Toevs, Director
Jason Griffin, Director
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Director

Horticultural Society Membership Dues

Become a member of the Horticultural Society today! In order to be eligible for membership in the Horticultural Society, you must be an IMA member. Student Members of the IMA are invited to join the Horticultural Society for FREE. Contact us today for additional information.

FREE for students (ID required)
$40 individual or couple
$75 sustaining
$100 patron

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