Perennial Premiere

IMA Members receive 20% off their total purchase at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & at the Newfield plant sale location on April 23 and 24.

Shake off the winter weather at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Perennial Premiere, the IMA’s annual salute to spring, takes place on Saturday, April 23 from 9 am to 5 pm (9 am to 1 pm is Members only), and Sunday, April 24 from noon to 4 pm.

2016 Plant List

This year, Perennial Premiere moves to a new location at Newfield by our surface parking lot, to provide convenient parking and plant pickup for all guests. Don’t miss this perfect event for gardeners, families, and nature enthusiasts alike. Join us to peruse and purchase plants from more than 600 varieties including hard-to-find perennials, and native trees and shrubs. The events features a variety of gardening activities for the whole family.

IMA horticulturists are available all weekend to answer any questions, and visitors are invited to take a guided garden walk and view a Bonsai exhibition.

In addition to an incredible selection of plants, guests can visit booths of a variety of regional vendors who will be on hand selling nature and gardening-related merchandise.


Benedict's Nursery of Nappanee, IN specializing in perennials, miniature plants, alpines, hypertufa troughs & evergreen trees (Staurday only)

The Flower Barn of Lebanon, IN specializing in Japanese Maples.

Girly Steel of Noblesville, IN specialzing in metal sculpture for home & garden

Soules Gardens will not be participating this year, but we look forward to welcoming them back next year.

Scratch foodtruck will be on site part of both days. General American Donut Company will be here early Saturday.

Overflow Parking

Additional parking is available at the Indiana Interchurch Center located at the corner of Michigan Road and 42nd Street. Free shuttle service is provided.

For questions regarding Perennial Premiere, please contact the Event Information line at (317) 923-1331 x491 or

Perennial Premiere: Planet Indy Films

Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Toby

During Perennial Premiere (IMA’s annual salute to spring) join us for a selection of documentaries focused on our connection with the environment and to each other.

11 AM / Seeds of Time

A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. (2013, dir. Sandy McLeod, 77 mins., NR)


We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY. (2015, dir. Guy Reid, 85 mins, NR)

2:15 PM / Salt of the Earth

For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. (2014, dirs. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado & Wim Wenders, 110 mins, PG-13)

Perennial Premiere Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN