Monday-Sunday 10 am - 4:30 pm
Blake's Garden is currently open 10 am - 4:30 pm. Please follow CDC guidelines while utilizing the garden.
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.
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.
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.