The mission of the Friends of Garfield Park Inc., is to ensure the preservation and continuation of the public benefits of Garfield Park through enhanced funding, the application of effective advocacy and expanded stewardship.
In the video clip below the President of the Friends of Garfield Park, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, takes Jon Barnes of The Indianapolis Public Library's Communications Department on a tour of the grounds at the Library's Garfield Park Branch on the city's southside. She discusses the recent addition of a rain garden as well as other green initiatives made possible through a partnership between the Library and the Friends of Garfield Park, among other organizations.
Gnome Away From Home- March 28-April 6 -
It’s spring break, and garden gnomes from far and wide have gathered at the Conservatory for a tropical vacation! Come see this whimsical display of garden gnomes enjoying the tropical escape and see if you can spot them all! Contact the Conservatory for information about bringing your beloved gnome to vacation with us.
GPAC Photography Exhibition - April 5-26 - More than 80 works of fine art photography will be on display in the GPAC Main Gallery, each an interpretation of the theme "One Moment in Time" as the Indiana Photographic Society presents their 8th annual exhibition. Free. Works are on display all regular GPAC open hours. Opening reception for the show is free and will be Saturday, April 5, from 5:00 - 7:00PM.
Master Gardener Plant Sale - Saturday, May 17, 2014 - The Garfield Park Master Gardeners will bring divisions and starts of beautiful perennials and other plants from their own collections. Proceeds from the sale help GPMG fund scholarships and host speakers. Sale located on the promenade at the Garfield Park Sunken Garden.
CONSERVATORY AND SUNKEN GARDEN
BURRELLO FAMILY CENTER
Originally constructed in 1914, the Garfield Park Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet of plants from the world's tropics. The Sunken Garden includes three acres of European classical formal gardens. The garden's graceful historic fountains, paved walkways and benches throughout the landscape, make it a gorgeous and relaxing retreat from city life.
Originally utilized as an open-air shelter and pool house, the center has been renovated to include a beautiful art gallery, performing arts spaces, classrooms and a literary arts library. A visitor to the GPAC can experience a hands-on arts activity in the Arts for All room as well as view local and regional artwork on display in the Main Gallery - all for no charge.
The MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, is an outdoor amphitheater that was built in 1922. In 1997 the amphitheater was renovated and given its current name, honoring local philanthropist Mr. P.E. MacAllister.
In 1998 the Burrello Family Center and Aquatic Center opened, replacing the old pool and basketball court at the Community House. The outdoor Aquatic Center is open during the summer months. The Family Center contains fitness and other recreational facilities in addition to the gymnasium.