Perennial Premiere

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Lilly House Grounds
Ask about our special IMA Membership Discount for Perennial Premiere

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 18th from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 19th from noon to 4 p.m.

Join us at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse to peruse and purchase plants from over 600 varieties including hard-to-find perennials, and native trees and shrubs. The events features a variety of gardening activities for the whole family. Hear from experts on topics ranging from urban gardening to beekeeping to installing a pruning.

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 Garden Terrace.

In addition to an incredible selection of plants, visitors can visit booths of a variety of regional vendors who will be on hand selling nature and gardening-related merchandise. Plan to stay all day to enjoy the gardens and grab some food or a beverage from one of the food trucks on site including New Day Craft Mead and Cider, who will offer tastings.

Vendors include:

  • Aquatic Design & Supplies, Inc
  • Mark M. Holeman, Inc
  • Soules Garden
  • The Garden Center
  • Benedict/s Nursery
  • Girly Steel

We will have over 600 varieties of plants at the 2015 Perennial Premiere. Download the plant list below and make sure to come early to get your plant choices before they are gone.

Spring Plant List

Membership Special

IMA members attend Perennial Premiere for free and get early entry to the event on Saturday for a members-only preview from 9 am. to noon on Saturday.

Perennial Premiere is subject to the IMA's $18 general admission fee. Not a member? Join on the spot and receive a 20% discount on all IMA plants and merchandise.

Perennial Premiere Programing 2015

All programs are free with admission or membership and will take place in the Tanner Orchard across from the Greenhouse.

Saturday April 18th

All day
Art-making – Families, try your hand at making nature prints and creating decorative mosaics using seeds and beans.

12:00-1:00 pm Bee Keeping Basics
Learn from a local bee keeper what materials are needed and how you can start your own hive.

1:00 - 2:00 Vegetable Garden Basics
Are you looking to turn your back yard into a fresh food oasis? Discover how, what, and when to plant in your garden.

2:00 -2:30 Making Mead & Hard Cider
Local producer New Day Craft will take you through the basics of creating flavorful craft mead and hard cider.

Sunday April 19th

All day
Art-making – Families, try your hand at making nature prints and creating decorative mosaics using seeds and beans.

12:30 – 1:00 Pruning tools
This is not like electronics. You can have a couple good tools that do the majority of the work and they will last for more than a year.

1:00 -2:00 Pruning basics
Pruning is a garden task that most people feel uneasy about. Join Katie Booth IMA horticulturist/arborist to talk about and practice proper pruning techniques on both trees and shrubs.

2:00-3:00 Culinary Herbs
Join Slow Food Indy for a 45-minute demo and leave prepared to plant your own perennial herb garden. Find out which herbs will be best for your culinary needs and learn quick & easy techniques for preserving your harvest for use all year long.

View our Flickr photos from previous Perennial Premiere events!

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