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Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden

A new demonstration garden was created on the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2012 by Purdue Extension-Marion County staff and Master Gardener volunteers. The demonstration garden features annual flowers and vegetables.

“The garden demonstrates how to grow food and ornamental plants,” says Steve Mayer, Extension EducatorHorticulture, for Purdue ExtensionMarion County. “Gardeners can see and learn about plants adapted to Indiana and how to care for them.” Gardeners can see awardwinning flowers and vegetables as well as vegetable gardening techniques such as raised beds.

In 2013 the Purdue Extension-Marion County Demonstration Garden became an official All-America Selections (AAS) Flower and Vegetable Display Garden. It is the only AAS Display Garden in Indianapolis and one of only a half-dozen in Indiana. An AAS Display Garden provides the public an opportunity to view the newest AAS winners in an attractive well-maintained setting.



For information on the 2009-2011 Purdue Extension-Marion County demonstration garden that was located at Intech Park, click here.


The demonstration garden is located 350 feet east of Discovery Hall where the Purdue ExtensionMarion County office is located. This is in the northwest corner of the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205. There is no charge to view the garden or for parking for garden entrance (except during State Fair). For directions or more information on the garden, call 3172759290, or email: demonstrationgarden@indyhorticulture.org.

In 2012, site development began in early June and planting began on June 14, 2012 and was completed before the end of July.

In 2013 the flower garden area was completely redesigned. Other new additions to the garden in 2013 included five cedar and patio block raised garden beds, two hinged cedar raised beds, two cedar benches, two new cedar signs for the garden and a VegTrug.

2013 Plant List and Map (55 All-America Selections)

2013 Demonstration Garden Project: Cedar and Patio Block Raised Garden Beds

2012 Plant List and Map (45 All-America Selections)