INPAWS Garden Tours

When it comes to understanding how to use native plants in the landscape, a picture may be worth a thousand words, but an actual garden built around native plants is priceless. INPAWS initiated its public garden tours in 2010. We hope to expand the tour to include gardens all around Indiana on the same day.

As people become aware of the urgency of increasing biodiversity, we want people to see that, to include native plants in their landscapes, they need not sacrifice beauty, neatness, or relations with the neighbors. That’s what INPAWS garden tours are all about.

The tours rotate through spring, summer, and fall so that visitors see native plants at different seasons. The 2014 Tour showcases native plants during high summer.

2013 Equinox Tour

2014 Summer Sizzle Tour 

If you would like us to consider your garden for a future tour, please email We seek gardens that include at least 50 percent native plants in either a designed or naturalistic context.

A 2011 tour garden, Wilderness in Suburbia, wowed visitors with its bioswale alive with color and abuzz with pollinators


Geist Christian Church shows off its butterfly garden during the 2013 Equinox Tour


What to Expect

It’s not that easy to find appropriate demonstration gardens! Those that happen to be ready for viewing are not necessarily close together, so plan on doing some driving and invite your friends to share a ride. When parking near tour gardens, please be thoughtful of the neighbors and keep from obstructing traffic.

Wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes so you’ll be prepared for any kind of terrain. A hat and bug spray are essential!

You’ll be greeted at each garden by volunteer hosts who will do their best to answer your questions.

We welcome your suggestions for improving the garden tour and your tips on tour-worthy gardens to include next year. Write to us at