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7 Amazing Gardens in Indiana’s Cool North

Here are 7 amazing gardens you won’t want to miss in Indiana’s Cool North.   Many of the gardens have features designed especially for the kids.  And if you include the iconic Quilt Gardens, you can add 16 more gardens to the list!

Gabis Arboretum & Gardens

Nature’s own art show is on display at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest,  where trails take you through formal gardens and along woodland pathways.

Formal gardens include the Children’s Adventure Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Native Plant Garden. However, the highlight of your trip to the Gabis Arboretum will likely be visiting the award-winning Railway Garden.

Brincka Cross Gardens

Experts and enthusiasts from across the country come to marvel at the Brincka Cross Gardens.  Formerly a private residence, this unique home and garden display a wide variety of trees and plants


Friendship Botanic Garden

At Friendship Botanic Gardens, a peaceful escape awaits walkers and bicyclists in forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces and cultivated gardens that spill over 100 acres.

Minich Farms Flower Patch

If you want to pick your own flowers in season, Minich Farms Flower Patch is the place for you.  There’s also a self-serve stand stocked with seasonal bouquets.

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

In addition to the iconic Quilt Gardens you’ll see all around Elkhart County in the spring and summer, Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is a must-see for any nature lover or hobby horticulturalist. Right out of the pages of a fairytale, Linton’s is nine acres of imaginative gardens and family fun. Take a tour on the Enchanted Gardens Train, get hands on at the petting zoo, or search for buried treasure and the gem stone mine.

Wellfield Botanic Gardens

Minutes from downtown Elkhart’s RiverWalk, surround yourself with breathtaking greenery at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, with over 20 unique gardens like the Japanese Garden, the Waterfall Garden, and the Adventure Path.


Shiojiri Niwa Garden

Attractions Shiojiri Gardens

Enjoy the tranquility of Shiojiri Niwa Gardens. one of the few Japanese Style Gardens in Indiana.  The garden contains more than twenty different varieties of large plant material, over two hundred large boulders, donated statue and a teahouse pavilion.

If viewing beautiful gardens has become your passion, The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail provide an additional 16 gardens that join quilting, gardening, and art into over a million blooms.