Great shopping, delicious restaurants and relaxing gardens are all a part of the Warsaw, Indiana experience. A day trip from Indianapolis to the Warsaw Biblical Gardens is fun and inexpensive for the whole family. Garden keepers strive for botanical and historical accuracy by only planting trees, flowers, herbs and other plants mentioned in the New and Old Testaments.
The plants in this holy garden are grown, admired and studied at the Warsaw Biblical Gardens. More than 110 species dwell in the 3/4-acre garden property, and visitors quickly notice the mimicked diversity of climates in Israel. It’s hard to believe the land was once used as a scrapyard, but Saralee Levin had a naturistic vision for the property. In 1991, the land officially became the Warsaw Biblical Gardens. The work wouldn’t have been possible without the financial support of the Warsaw
Community Development Corporation.
Special areas in the Warsaw Biblical Gardens are designated for meditation/prayer and group gatherings. Other areas in the garden are references to six biblical areas: herbs and crops, desert, brook, forest, orchard and meadow. The centerpiece of the beautiful orchard area has a colorful grape arbor. Medicinal herbs and plants can be found in the herbs and crops area. The most colorful time of year to visit the Warsaw Biblical Gardens is in the spring, but the grasses and meadows are great to see in the fall.
This spiritual journey could be coupled with a visit to the Billy Sunday Home Museum and Visitors Center. Mr. Sunday was a popular evangelist of the early 1900s who did not rely on modern technology to preach to more than 100 million people.
Shopping in Indianapolis can’t compare to the unique shops and seller’s nooks found in the nearby Village at Winona. This spot is full of artsy shops, cute restaurants and the very well known Boat House restaurant. Warsaw, Indiana is only a stone’s throw from the Circle City, just drive 115 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. While you’re in the upper part of the Hoosier State, stop by the Windmill Museum in Kendallville, or drive a few more miles north to Elkhart County, where you’ll find the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center and Bonneyville Mill County Park.
No admission is charged to enjoy the Warsaw Biblical Gardens, but donations are graciously accepted. This is a great outing for a church group, family or individual looking for a relaxing and spiritual retreat. Visitors can stop by from dawn until dusk from April 15 to October 15. Group tours are available upon advanced request throughout the summer.
Warsaw Biblical Gardens
P.O. Box 1223
Warsaw, Indiana 4658