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MISSION

Hours

Monday-Sunday 10 am - 4:30 pm

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ETIQUETTE

EXPLORATION

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PHOTOS

Mission & Dedication

Located in the former Children's Garden space to the east of the Conservatory, Blake's Garden at Garfield Park is a space designed for children and families to explore the wonders of nature, engage in outdoor play and use their imagination and creativity.

About Blake:

Blake W. Bowell grew up on the Southside of Indianapolis. He played at Garfield Park, worked at Garfield Park and spent some of his last days on earth at Garfield Park. He loved Garfield Park. 

Blake, the son of Mark Bowell and LeDania Carmichael, and grandson of long-time Garfield Park residents David and Dale Bowell, was born on May 5, 1992 and lived an adventurous and courageous life before passing away on June 5th, 2017 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.

 

This children's garden honors the life he lived and also the courage all must embody when facing the fight against cancer.

 

-From the Friends of Garfield Park Website

Click here for more information

 
 

Garden Etiquette

To get the most out of your enjoyment of the Blake Bowell Children's Garden, we ask that you please follow these 5 simple rules. Thank you!

1.    Explore together and have fun.
Adults are responsible for monitoring children to ensure everyone follows the rules. The Garden is designed to be fun, but please visit the park’s playground for more active play.

 

2.    Leave the picking to us.
Look, touch, and smell – but don’t plant it if you didn’t pick it. Flowers and vegetables are grown for display and educational purposes only.

3.    Help us keep the Garden clean.

This area is not for picnicking. Shelters and picnic tables can be found elsewhere in the park. Take all other trash with you when you leave.

4.    No Pets. Certified Service Animals welcome.

The rest of the park grounds welcome dogs held securely on a leash.

Unfortunately, many garden displays and activities are not compatible with pets.

   

5.    We are Smoke Free Zone.
No smoking within 20 feet of the perimeter of the Garden.

 

Exploration Ideas

Name the 5 senses. Practice using those senses in the Sensory Garden.

Explore the Alphabet Garden. Can you think of other plants that start with each letter of the alphabet?

How many different colors of flowers can you find? How about leaves?

What's your favorite animal? Can you find it in the Animal Garden?

Take a few moments to observe a flower in the Pollinator Garden. What animals visit the flower? What do you think they are doing?

Animals have four basic habitat needs: food, water, shelter and space. Can you find all four in the Garden?

How many kinds of fruits can you find? How about vegetables? Do you know what part of the plant you eat, when you are eating said fruit or vegetable?

Visit our decomposing log and soil area. Flip over a log. What do you see?

What kinds of animals live in trees? How many different kinds of trees can you find in the garden? Why are trees important?

 

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