Journey Indiana

S3 E1 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 301

Coming to you from Garfield Park in Indianapolis...we're traveling to Shelbyville to learn about the history inside every piece of Old Hickory furniture; get lost in a sea of sunflowers at Healthy Hoosier Oil in Converse; take a drive along Elkhart County's Heritage Trail for a look at their remarkable Quilt Gardens; and go inside - and learn the history behind - the Garfield Park Conservatory.

AIRED: August 04, 2020 | 0:26:46
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

>> IN COLUMBUS, INDIANA.

TICKETS FOR GUIDED TOURS AND

TRIP PLANNING INFORMATION AT

COLUMBUS.IN.US AND BY WTIU

MEMBERS.

THANK YOU.

>> COMING UP, TRAVEL TO

SHELBYVILLE TO LEARN ABOUT THE

HISTORY INSIDE EVERY PIECE OF

OLD HICKORY FURNITURE.

>> GET LOST IN A SEE OF

SUNFLOWERS AT HEALTHY HOOSIER

OILS IN CONGRESS.

>> AND A LOOK AT A REMARKABLE

QUILT GARDEN.

>> AND TRAVEL TO INDY TO LEARN

THE HISTORY BEHIND THE GARFIELD

PARK CONSERVATORY.

THAT IS ALL ON THIS EPISODE

OF "JOURNEY INDIANA."

>>> WELCOME TO SEASON THREE

OF "JOURNEY INDIANA," COMING TO

YOU FROM THE GARFIELD GARDENS AT

SUNKEN PARK.

>> AS YOU CAN SEE, BRANDON AND

I ARE SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR

SEASON THREE.

ADMITTEDLY, A BIT MORE THAN THE

RECOMMENDED 6 FEET, BUT LITTLE

ELSE WILL CHANGE ABOUT JOURNEY

INDIANA.

>> THAT IS RIGHT.

JUST LIKE IN PREVIOUS SEASONS,

WE'LL BRING YOU HOOSIER STORIES

FROM AROUND THE STATE.

>> AND TODAY WE ARE FEATURING

MY LOCATION, BLIFSHED IN 1889,

GARFIELD PARK IS THE OLDEST PARK

IN INDIANAPOLIS.

THROUGHOUT ITS 128 ACRES YOU'LL

FIND GARDENS, TRAILS, THE Mc

McALISTER CENTER, AND MUCH MORE.

BUT BEFORE WE LEARN ABOUT THIS

PARK, LET'S HEAD SOUTHEAST TO

SHELBYVILLE FOR A LOOK AT THE

OLD HICKORY FURNITURE COMPANY.

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>> NOT A LOT OF OUTLETS FOR

WOOD WORKERS, FOR PEOPLE WHO

WORK WITH THEIR HANDS HERE.

WE ARE A GOOD HAVEN FOR THOSE

PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO DO THAT.

IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB, SO IT IS

AN ACQUIRED TASTE.

PEOPLE NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO

IT.

MOST OF OUR PEOPLE THAT HAVE

BEEN HERE HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG

TIME.

>> BILLY RICHARDSON IS THE

FOUNDER OF OLD HICKORY

FURNITURE.

AROUND 1892, HE STARTED OUT OF

HIS BARN.

HE STARTED CREATING HICKORY

FURNITURE, AND SOLD IT IN

MARTINSVILLE, INDIANA, AND WAS

SELLING IT JUST TO PEOPLE WHO

LIKED TO COME BY TO THE MARKET

ON SATURDAYS IN MARTINSVILLE.

INNS AND THINGS FOUND THE OLD

HICKORY FURNITURE AND BOUGHT IT

AND PUT IT ON THEIR PORCHES.

IT BECAME VERY POPULAR AND HE

GREW OUT OF THAT BARN HE WAS

BUILDING IT IN, AND BOUGHT AN

OLD ABANDONED CHURCH AND STARTED

BUILDING THERE.

IT'S GROWN SINCE THEN.

THE WOOD WE USE IS HICKORY.

THE NAME "OLD HICKORY" MADE

SENSE, BUT IT WAS ALSO ANDREW

JACKSON'S NICKNAME.

THEY MADE FURNITURE FOR HIS HOME

IN TENNESSEE.

THE NAME FIT, IT IS THE NAME WE

USED, IT IS NAME OF THE ONE OF

THE PRESIDENTS THAT HAD THE

STYLE FURNITURE AND WE HAVE OUR

SIGTURE CHAIR CALLED THE ANDREW

JACKSON CHAIR.

THE COMPANY MOVED TO SHELBYVILLE

IN 1982 SO WE HAVE BEEN HERE

SINCE THEN, 40 YEARS.

GROWN FROM ABOUT 15 EMPLOYEES.

AT ONE POINT WE WERE AT 125

PEOPLE, DOWN TO ABOUT60 AT THIS

POINT.

EVERYTHING HAS BEEN HERE.

IT IS ALL IN-HOUSE.

WE WORK ONE SHIFT.

EVERYTHING IS DONE FROM THE

CHAIR TO THE TABLES TO THE

SEWING, WEAVING.

EVERYTHING IS DONE IN-HOUSE.

>> FIRST PART OF THE PROCESS,

WHEN THE WOOD COMES IN IS WHAT

WE CALL NUBBING.

THAT IS TAKING OFF ANY SHARP

PIECES OR PARTS OF THE WOOD.

THEN IF THE WOOD NEEDS TO BE

BENT, WE BEND IT.

THEN WE CUT THINGS TO SIZE.

WE HAVE THE BIG CHOP SAWS THAT

CUT THE PIECES RIGHT TO THE

EXACT SIZE.

FROM THERE IT GOES TO OUR

SANDING AREA, SO EVERY PIECE IS

SANDED.

SOME OF IT IS SANDED LIGHTLY.

SOME OF IT WE SAND MORE HEAVILY

DEPENDING ON THE CUSTOMER'S

DESIRES.

NEXT PART OF THE PROCESS IS

SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DRILLED OR

DOWELLED, TO DO OUR MORTIS AND

TENON CONSTRUCTION.

THEN IT STAYS ON A CART AND GOLD

TO -- GOES TO OUR BUILDING.

SOME OF OUR BUILDERS SPECIALIZE

IN BEDS, DRESSERS, WHATEVER.

THEY'LL ASSEMBLE THE PIECE RIGHT

THERE.

THEN IT GOES TO OUR FINISH

SANDING.

AFTER THAT, IT GOES TO OUR PIN

FINISHING DEPARTMENT WHERE IT

GETS A STAIN AND TOPCOAT

PROTECTION.

LAST PART OF THE PROCESS IS OUR

QUALITY CONTROL, OUR INSPECTION.

WE PUT OUR BRASS TAG THAT

SAYS "OLD HICKORY SHELBYVILLE

1899."

THEN WE PACKAGE IT, WE PUT IT IN

A BOX AND SHIP IT TO WHEREVER IT

IS GOING.

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>> IN THE EARLY DAYS, THE

POPULARITY OF HICKORY FURNITURE

GREW QUICKLY.

IT STARTED IN CENTRAL INDIANA,

BUT QUICKLY GREW TO THE NEW

YORK, AND OUT WEST.

THE NATIONAL PARK LODGES ARE THE

PERFECT PLACE FOR THIS, THE

RUSTIC LOOK.

IT IS VERY ENVIRONMENTALLY

FRIENDLY.

IT LENDS ITSELF TO THE REST OF

NATURE.

WHEN THE OLD FAITHFUL INN WAS

BEING BUILT IN 1904 THEY CALLED

ON OLD HICKORY TO FURNISH THE

PORCH S, THE DOWNINING ROOMS.

IN 1904 WE SHIPPED A LOT OF

FURNITURE OUT THERE IN RAIL CARS

AND THEY STILL USE THAT SAME

FURNITURE TODAY.

>> WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF

BUSINESS IN ALASKA.

THERE IS A LOT OF LODGES IN

ALASKA THAT HAVE A LOOK THAT IS

CONDUCIVE TO WHAT WE DO.

WE SHIPPED A LOT TO MISSOURI.

WE DID A LOT IN GATLINBURG,

TENNESSEE.

THE MOUNTAINS OF CAROLINA.

UP

UPSTATE NEW YORK.

CUSTOMERS IN CANADA AS WELL.

WE HAVE AN ORDER GOING TO CHILE,

SOUTH AMERICA.

ALL OVER THE PLACE.

THE STYLE WE HAVE IS TIMELESS.

SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE IDENTIFY

WITH.

AS PEOPLE GROW UP, THEY GO TO

INDIANA STATE PARKS, NATIONAL

PARKS, THEY SEE OUR FURNITURE

AND SOMEHOW THAT RESONATES WITH

THEM AS SOMETHING THAT IS REAL,

IT IS AMERICAN, IT IS SOMETHING

THAT'S BEEN AROUND.

IT IS A COMFORTABLE, TIMELESS

THING, AND EVEN THE YOUNGER

GENERATIONS ARE STARTING TO SEE

THAT AS WELL.

>> I WAS FASCINATED BY THE

ARTISTRY THAT GOES INTO MAKING

THAT FURNITURE, SPECIFICALLY THE

MACHINERY THEY USE TO DO SOME OF

THAT STUFF.

I MEAN, I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED

HOW THEY BEND WOOD WITHOUT

BREAKING IT AND NOW I SEE, THEY

USE A GIANT MACHINE THAT WAS

BUILT FOR THAT.

IT IS REALLY AMAZING.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE, MAYBE SHOP

FOR A ROCKING CHAIR OF YOUR OWN,

AT OLDHICKORY.COM.

>>> EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH

THE ASSISTANT MANAGER HERE AT

GARFIELD PARKS TO LEARN ALL

ABOUT IT AND THE HISTORY BEHIND

THESE INCREDIBLE SUNKEN GARDENS.

GARFIELD PARK IS A 128 ACRE PARK

ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF

INDIANAPOLIS.

WE WERE ESTABLISHED IN THE

1800s.

ORIGINALLY THE LAND WAS PRIVATE,

BUT THEN IT WAS A HORSE RACING

TRACK.

IT WAS NOT A VERY PROFITABLE

TRACK SO THAT LAND GOT SOLD TO

THE CITY IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH

THE PARK.

STARTED OFF NAMED SOUTHERN PARK

AND IN 1891 WHEN PRESIDENT

GARFIELD WAS ASSASSINATEDED,

THEY NAMED IT AFTER HIM.

IT IS NAMED AFTER THE PRESIDENT,

NOT THE CAT.

IN THE EARLY 1900s THE CITY

HIRED GEORGE KESLER TO DESIGN A

WHOLE PARK AND BOULEVARD SYSTEM.

THE SUNKEN GARDEN AND

CONSERVATORY WERE PART OF THAT

SYSTEM HE DESIGNED.

THEY WERE BUILT AND CONSTRUCTED

IN 1915 AND 1916.

HE TRAINED UNDER THE PERSON WHO

DESIGNED CENTRAL PARK.

HIS DESIGN WAS TO BRING THE

EUROPEAN STYLE AND HAVE SOME

CONTRAST.

FORMAL, INFORMAL, MODERN AND

CLASSIC.

WE HAVE THE FORMALLYPLANT EDED

VICTORIAN BEDS SURROUNDED BY

PARK-LIKE SETTING.

IT HAS EBBED AND FLOWS OVER THE

YEARS.

RIGHT NOW THE FOOTPRINT IS VERY

SIMILAR TO THE KESLER VISION.

THERE ARE LESS PLANTED BEDS, HE

HAS MORE PERENNIAL BEDS IN THE

SPACE.

MOST OF OUR BEDS ARE ANNUAL

BEDS.

WE DO A DIFFERENT ANNUAL DISPLAY

EVERY YEAR.

THE PLANTS AND COLOR SCHEME IS

DIFFERENT.

IN ABOUT MID OCTOBER ALL THESE

PLANTS WILL BE TAKEN OUT BECAUSE

ANNUALS ONLY BLOOM FOR ONE

SEASON.

THEY ALL WILL BE TAKEN OUT AND

THEN OUR STAFF WILL PLANT ABOUT

1200 TULIP BULBS OUT HERE.

THEY'LL SLEEP AND GROW ALL LONG

AND IN APRIL WE'LL HAVE A NICE

TULIP DISPLAY.

IN MAY THE TULIPS ARE REMOVED,

WE GIVE THEM TO THE COMMUNITY

AND HELP SUPPORT THE PEOPLE

AROUND US AND THAT ALLOWS US TO

HAVE A NEW DISPLAY EVERY YEAR.

MENT NEW COLORS, NEW VARIETIES

AND LAYOUTS FOR THE TULIP

DISPLAY.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

GARFIELD

GARFIELDGARDENSCONSERVATORY.COM.

>> UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADING UP

THE ROAD TO CONVERSE TO

EXPERIENCE A SEA OF SUNFLOWERS

AND INGENUITY AT HEALTHY HOOSIER

OIL.

HOO SHERSIER

HOOSIER.

>> THE LARGEST HURDLE IS

BUILDING A CROP A HAS NO MARKET

FOR IT.

WHEN WE FIRST STARTED PEOPLE

THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY.

FIRST THING WHEN THINKING ABOUT

INDIANA FARMING, YOU THINK OF

CORN BECAUSE IT IS GROWN IN SUCH

HUGE QUANTITIES HERE IN INDIANA.

WE ARE DIFFERENT.

WE ARE FIRMLY ROOTED IN ROW CROP

AGRICULTURE.

WE STILL RAISE CORN, SOY BEANS

AND WHEAT, BUT IN AN EFFORT TO

ADD DIVERSITY TO CROP ROTATION,

WE STARTED LOOKING AT OIL CROPS.

2013 WAS THE FIRST TIME WE GREW

SUNFLOWERS, JUST IN A VERY SMALL

PLOT.

WE WERE AT LEAST SUCCESSFUL

ENOUGH THAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD

EXPAND ON THIS AND GROW UP TO

SCALE.

WE PLANT THE SUNFLOWERS IN IF

30" ROWS, JUST LIKE CORN.

WE HARVEST THE CROP AND WE STORE

IT, JUST LIKE WE WOULD WITH ANY

OTHER COMMODITY CROP.

THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS WE

CONTINUALLY PROCESS THAT CROP

INTO COLD PRESSED OIL THROUGHOUT

THE YEAR.

THERE IS NO EXTERNAL HEAT, THERE

IS NO EXTERNAL CHEMICAL.

WE RUN THE SUNFLOWERS THROUGH

OUR COLD PRESS EQUIPMENT.

IT IS FILTERED DOWN TO ONE

MICRON AND THEN PUT IN THE

BOTTLE.

BECAUSE WITH OUR PROCESS, WE

DON'T BURN ANTIOXIDANTS OUT OF

THE OIL, WE DON'T REQUIRE ANY

TYPE OF SHELF STABILIZER.

I THINK WE NEED TO CONSUME

THINGS THAT ARE IN, AS CLOSE TO

POSSIBLE, TO THEIR NATURAL FORM.

WHERE IT WAS MOST CHALLENGING

WAS ESTABLISHING PRODUCTION.

I'M A ROW CROP FARMER.

I CAN GROW THINGS.

THAT MUCH, WE CAN FIGURE OUT.

BUT IT WAS ON THE PRODUCTION

SIDE AND MARKETING SIDE THAT WAS

THE LARGEST CHALLENGE.

INDIANA GROWN IS A DIVISION OF

THE INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT

AGRICULTURE AND THEIR ROLE IS TO

ASSIST PRODUCERS, AGRICULTURE

RAL PRODUCTS OR REALLY ANYTHING

GROWN OR MADE HERE IN INDIANA,

TO ASSIST THEM IN GETTING THEIR

PRODUCT, WHETHER IN RETAIL OR

WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTION.

I DIDN'T, AT THE TIME, REALLY

HAVE MY HEAD WRAPPED AROUND WHAT

THE BENEFIT TO THAT PROGRAM

WOULD BE, BUT IT'S BEEN

ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL TO OUR

SUCCESS.

THAT OPENED DOORS THAT OTHERWISE

WOULD HAVE HAD VERY DIFFICULT

TIME GETTING THROUGH MYSELF.

WE DID A LOT OF FOOD SHOWS WITH

OUR OILS WITH INDIANA GROWN SH

AND GOT TO KNOW A LOT OF THESE

PRODUCERS OF GREAT INDIANA LOCAL

PRODUCTS, THAT IN SOME CASES,

HAD SOME DIFFICULTY REACHING A

RETAIL PLATFORM TO WHERE

CONSUMERS COULD GET THEIR HANDS

ON THOSE PRODUCTS.

WE THOUGHT MAYBE WE COULD OPEN A

RETAIL LOCATION HIGHLIGHTING

THOSE PRODUCTS AND BE A BENEFIT

TO THOSE PRODUCERS.

THE NAME OF THE STORE IS RACHEL

STATES OF INDIANA.

MY WIFE IS RACHEL.

SHE MANAGES THE STORE.

WE WORK IT TOGETHER, BUT IT IS

PRIMARILY HER RESPONSIBILITY.

SHE DOES A GREAT JOB AND I'M

PROUD OF WHAT SHE'S ACCOMPLISHED

HERE.

WE ARE HEAVILY ROOTED IN

AGRICULTURE HERE IN THIS AREA

AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE

ARE KIND OF PROUD OF.

I'M PERSONALLY SIXTH GENERATION

ON MY FARM.

WE HAVE TWO DIFFERENT TRACKS

FROM TWO DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE

FAMILY.

I STILL FARM AND THOSE WERE

HOMESTEADED ABOUT 175 YEARS AGO

ABOUT THE SAME TIME.

PASSING THE FARM TO THE NEXT

GENERATION IS CRITICALLY

IMPORTANT TO ME.

IT SEEMS LIKE I DON'T REALLY OWN

THIS GROUND.

I'M JUST CARETAKER OF IT IN MY

LIFETIME AND WE PASS IT ON TO

THE NEXT GENERATION.

THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WEIGHS

VERY HEAVILY ON MY SHOULDERS.

ADDING DIVERSITY TO OUR CROP

ROTATION IS JUST PART OF

SECURING OUR FUTURE AS IT IS

PASSED ON TO THE NEXT

GENERATION.

THAT IS WHAT I'M ATTEMPTING TO

DO.

>> MARK SAYS FOLKS ARE WELCOME

TO COME CHECK OUT THE FIELDS IN

PERSON, BUT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE

THEY'LL ONLY BE FULL OF

SUNFLOWERS FOR A FEW MORE WEEKS.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION AND

SHOP FOR UNIQUE INDIANA PRODUCTS

AT HEALTHYINDYOIL.COM.

UP NEXT WE HEAD TO ELKHART

COUNTY HERITAGE TRAIL.

>> SO WE HAVE SOME VERY

CREATIVE PEOPLE IN ELKHART

COUNTY.

WE SAT AROUND A TABLE

BRAINSTORMING IN 2006.

THEY SAID, HOW COULD WE BRING

SOMETHING TO LIFE THAT NOT ONLY

OUR RESIDENTS WOULD ENJOY, BUT

WOULD CONNECT WITH OUR STORIES,

WHO OUR PEOPLE AND PLACES ARE,

AND WOULD WELCOME VISITORS AS

WELL.

I WAS LIKE, HEY, WE HAVE A LOT

OF GARDENING HERE, WE ARE

AGRICULTURE-BASED COMMUNITY.

WE HAVE QUILTING HERITAGE AMONG

OUR CITIES AND TOWNS.

IT IS DEEP HERE.

WE SAID, COULD WE COMBINE THEM

TOGETHER?

WE DIDN'T KNOW IF WE COULD.

WE TESTED.

WE GAVE PLANS TO TWO DIFFERENT

SITES AND SAID GO PLAY.

RIGHT AWAY THEY SAID WE LOVE IT,

YOU NEED TO DO MORE OF IT.

THAT IS HOW QUILT GARDEN GOT

STARTED.

QUILT GARDENS ARE GIANT GARDENS

PLANNED IN THE SHAPE OF QUILT

PATTERNS.

THEY RANGE FROM 800 SQUARE FEET

TO 3500 SQUARE FEET.

WE HAVE OVER 1 MILLION BOOMS,

INSIX CITY AND TOWNS IN THIS

AREA.

THE ONLY PLACE THEY EXIST IS

HERE IN ELKHART COUNTY.

WE HAVE 16 GUARDSEN SITES

OVERALL, PLUS 21 MURAL SITES.

EACH BUSINESS AND LOCATION CAN

EITHER BE A NON PROFIT, A PARK,

A BUSINESS, A FOR-PROFIT

BUSINESS, A LARGE OR SMALL

ACTIVITY.

ONE GARDEN IS LOCATED AT OUR

COURTHOUSE SO CONNECTED WITH OUR

COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

EACH SITE MANAGES IT BASED UPON

EITHER OF THEIR OWN PERSONAL

STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS.

EVERYTHING FROM MASTER GARDENERS

INVOLVED.

ONE YEAR GIRL SCOUTS HELPED.

FRIENDS OF THE PARK ARE

INVOLVED.

VARIETY OF INDIVIDUALS WHO JUST

LOVE THEIR COMMUNITY AND LOVE TO

QUILT THEIR GARDEN.

THEY REALLY DO DO A GREAT JOB.

THEY MONITOR EACH OTHER AND WE

SET UP THIS PROGRAM AND PROJECT

WHERE EVERYTHING HAD AN EQUAL

PLAYING FIELD INITIALLY, BUT

ALLOWED EACH GARDEN TO EXPRESS

THEIR CREATIVITY AND THEY DO

NOTICE.

EVERYBODY NOTICES WHAT EVERYBODY

DOES BECAUSE THE NEXT YEAR WHEN

THEY APPLY, THEN YOU WILL ALWAYS

SEE DIFFERENT THINGS THEY ADD TO

THEIR APPLICATION TAKEN FROM

THEIR FRIENDS.

WE ENJOY THE TOWN THAT WE LIVE

IN AND THAT WE WORK IN, AND WE

ENJOY HAVING THE VISITORS COME

IN.

IT'S GREAT TO MEET PEOPLE.

THEY COME IN TO SEE IT AND THEY

ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE WORK

WE DO AND THE BEAUTY OF THE

GARDEN.

>> I THINK THAT IS THE BIGGEST

ENJOYMENT, IS TO SEE PEOPLE

DRIVE UP, STOP, TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS

AND GIVE YOU COMMENTS ABOUT THE

AREA

AREA.

>> BASICALLY IT IS JUST REALLY

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND

THAT IS OUR WAY OF GIVING BACK

TO THE COMMUNITY WE LIVE AND

WORK IN.

THE HERITAGE TRAIL IS A 90-MILE

SCENIC DRIVING ROUTE.

IT WAS DESIGNATED AS ONE OF THE

TOP 40 SCENIC DRIVES IN THE

NATION.

YOU CAN HAVE AN AUDIO TOUR, AND

AS YOU TRAVEL ALONG UP POPS A

BEAUTIFUL QUILT GARDEN.

IT ENHANCES AND ENTICES YOU TO

COME INSIDE AND EXPLORE.

THE QUILT GARDEN WOULDN'T HAPPEN

WITHOUT 200-PLUS VOLUNTEERS AND

MERCHANTS WHO ARE INVESTING

PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY

OUT OF THEIR LINE ITEMS AND

POCKETSES.

WHETHER BUYING A CAN OF

MIRACLE-GRO OR INVESTING TIME IN

DIGGING AND PLANTING, AND

WEEDING.

THEY ARE HARD WORKING PEOPLE AND

EMBODY WHAT ELKHART COUNTY

REPRESENTS.

I HOPE WHEN THEY COME TO VISIT

THEY GET A CHANCE TO MEET OUR

RESIDENTS, LEARN THE GREAT

STORIES AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.

>> THE GARDENS ARE FREE AND

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH

SEPTEMBER 15.

YOU CAN GET ALL THE INFORMATION

AT VISITELKHARTCOUNTY.COM.

JUST SEARCH FOR "QUILT GARDENS".

>> AND FINALLY WE ARE RIGHT

BACK HERE AT GARFIELD PARK AND

HEADING ACROSS THESE GARDENS TO

SEE WHAT IS BLOOMING INSIDE THE

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY.

♪♪

>> THE FIRST CONSERVATORY SET

IN THE FOOTPRINT WHERE WE ARE

NOW, BUT IT WAS A DIFFERENT

STRUCTURE.

IT WAS A WOODEN AND GLASS

VICTORIAN STRUCTURE, LOTS OF

CURVES, AND IT HOUSED MOSTLY

ANNUAL PLANTS THROUGHOUT THE

YEAR, BUT THEY FOCUSED ON HAVING

A LOT OF PLANTS IN THE

WINTERTIME FOR PEOPLE.

IT WAS MORE OF A SHOW HOUSE AS

OPPOSED TO KIND OF THE TROP

PLANTED FIELD THAT IT IS NOW.

IT WAS PART OF GEORGE KESLER'S

VISION FOR THE PARKS AND

BOULEVARD SYSTEM.

HE WAS A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT OF

GERMAN

GERMAN DISSENT.

HE WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE CITY

TO DESIGN THE PARKS AND

BOULEVARD SYSTEM WE HAVE IN

PLACE TODAY.

HE LIKED A LOT OF CONTRAST.

THE MODERN AND CLASSIC, THE

FORMAL AND INFORMAL, A PLACE FOR

PEOPLE TO SEE DIFFERENT TYPES OF

PLANTS AND DIFFERENT PLANTS THAT

THEY DON'T NORMALLY SEE AND

PLANTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

HE REALLY SEEMED TO VALUE THAT.

THERE WHETHER OR NOT LOCAL

GARDEN CENTERS SELLING TROPICAL

FOR PEOPLE TO GROW IN THEIR HOME

THEN, SO THIS WAS REALLY AN

OASIS, A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO

COME AND SEE SOMETHING UNUSUAL

AND SEE SOME GREEN IN THE

WINTERTIME.

IN 1955 THEY MADE PLANS TO

REBUILD THE CONSERVATORY AND

THAT'S HOW WE HAVE THE STRUCTURE

THAT WE HAVE TODAY, MORE OF AN

ALUMINUM WELDED CONSERVATORY.

IT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN

THE COUNTRY.

VERY STATE OF THE ART.

WITH THIS DESIGN THEY WERE ABLE

TO ELIMINATE A LOT OF THE

INTERIOR STRUCTURES, THE PILLARS

AND TRESSES, SO THERE WAS LESS

SHADE, WHICH IS IMPORTANT WHEN

GROWING PLANTS.

I BELIEVE IT WAS THE MID 80s

WHEN THEY INSTALLED THE

WATERFALL BACK IN THE BACK AND

THEN SOMETIME EARLY '90s OR SO

THEY GUTTED THE PLACE AND ADDED

IN THE BEDS AND A LOT OF THE

RAIN FOREST PLANTS.

WE TRY TO FOCUS ON HAVING A LOT

OF COLOR, SO AS YOU WALK THROUGH

YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF COLOR, NOT

JUST IN FLOWERS, BUT COLORFUL

LEAVES, PLANTS, BARKS, TRUNKS

AND ALL KINDS OF COLORS AND

TEXTURES FOR PEOPLE TO SEE, TO

HELP FEEL LIKE YOU'RE

TRANSPORTED SOME PLACE AWAY FROM

HOME.

A LOT OF THESE PLANTS ARE THINGS

YOU MAY SEE A SMALL HOUSE PLANT

VERSION, BUT YOU ARE NOT GOING

TO SEE A LOT OF THESE LARGER

PLANTS ANYWHERE IN INDIANA.

YOU'LL HAVE TO HOP ON AN

AIRPLANE.

WE HAVE A LARGE ORCHID

COLLECTION.

WE HAVE ABOUT 1,000 OF THEM IN

OUR COLLECTION.

NOT ALL ARE ON DISPLAY AT ONE

TIME.

A LOT OF THEM SPEND TIME IN OUR

PRODUCTION GREEN HOUSE.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

ORCHIDS, THEY DON'T LOOK

PARTICULARLY STUNNING WHEN

THEY'RE NOT IN BLOOM.

WE PUT THEM IN THE BACK, TAKE

CARE OF THEM, WAIT FOR THEM TO

BLOOM AND PUT THEM ON DISPLAY SO

IT ALLOWS US TO HAVE AN

EVER-CHANGING ORCHID DISPLAY.

IN A GIVEN WEEK OR MONTH, YOU

MAY COME IN AND SEE DIFFERENT

ORCHIDS ON DISPLAY.

THAT IS SOMETHING REALLY UNIQUE

WE ARE ABLE TO DO HERE.

WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OF PLANTS

THAT GIVE US PRODUCTS WE ARE

FAMILIAR WITH.

WE HAVE A CHOCOLATE TREE, COFFEE

TREE, TROPICAL FRUIT THAT PEOPLE

CAN SEE AND CONNECT WHAT THEY

CONSUME OR USE WITH THE PLANTS

THAT GIVES THEM THOSE THINGS.

IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK.

WE HAVE HORTICULTURE STAFF THAT

HELPS US TAKE CARE OF PLANTS

HERE.

GREENING, PRUNING, AND ALL THE

LARGE TREES HAVE TO BE PRUNED AT

LEAST ONCE A YEAR BECAUSE IF

THEY GO THROUGH THE GLASS WE

DON'T HAVE RAIN FOREST ANYMORE.

A LOT OF FERTILIZING AND PEST

CONTROL AND GENERAL CARE LIKE

THAT.

SO QUITE A BIT OF WORK.

WE STILL GET VISITORS THAT SAY

THIS IS THEIR FIRST TIME.

THEY HAVE LIVED IN INDIANAPOLIS

THEIR WHOLE LIFE, THEY DIDN'T

KNOW WE WERE HERE.

THEY HAVE BEEN MEANING TO GET

HERE.

WE GET A LOT OF THAT.

IT IS COOL THAT PEOPLE ARE

FINDING US HERE.

WE ARE NOT TOO FAR FROM

DOWNTOWN.

A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE ARE

SURPRISED THAT SOMETHING LIKE

THIS IS TUCKED INTO THE

NEIGHBORHOOD OVER HERE.

ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR, A

LOT OF PEOPLE COME HERE TO FEEL

REFRESHED, TO SEE SOMETHING

GREEN, TO GET A BREATH OF WARMTH

AND HUMIDITY AND A LOT OF PEOPLE

COME JUST FOR THAT.

WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT COME ONCE A

WEEK ON THEIR LUNCH BREAKS, JUST

TO KIND OF RESET THEMSELVES.

PEOPLE THAT WILL BRING A BOOK

AND SIT AND READ.

PEOPLE THAT WILL BRING THEIR

KIDS AND LET THEM WALK AROUND

AND SEE THE FISH WHEN THERE IS

NOTHING TO DO OUTSIDE THIS TIME

OF YEAR.

WE ARE STILL KIND OF MEETING

KESLER'S VISION FOR PEOPLE TO

COME SEE A BOTANICAL COLLECTION

12 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR.

>> AND IF YOU WANT TO PLAN YOUR

VISIT, YOU CAN GET ALL THE

INFORMATION AT

GARFIELDGARDENSCONSERVATORY.ORG.

WE'D LIKE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO

STAY CONNECTED WITH US.

>> HEAD TO JOURNEYINDIANA.ORG.

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>> BEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE LET'S

TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AROUND INDY'S

BEAUTIFUL GARFIELD PARK.

♪♪

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