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The Indiana Flower & Patio Show: It’s Elemental!

The Indiana Flower & Patio Show will transform the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds into a vast oasis of landscapes, starting on March 9 of this year.

Since its humble beginnings in 1958, Ed and Thelma Schoenberger’s Indiana Flower & Patio Show has grown into one of the most extensive outdoor living shows in the Midwest. Over the years, the show has evolved to include such categories as yard art, decks, experts, green products, grills, outdoor furniture, outdoor kitchens, pavers, pools, potted plants, tools, tubs and water features. In fact, over 400 local and national exhibitors will in attendance at this year’s event, along with dozens of experts. Guests will have an opportunity to see 40 specially prepared garden showcases, assembled by 40 different companies, and several hundred outdoor living experts.

Each year gardens designers follow a unique theme which lends a unique feel and special energy to each show. This year’s theme is called “It’s Elemental!” The focus is on the 5 fundamental elements as they were envisioned in classical thought: earth, wood, metal, fire and water. Each designer will incorporate some or all of these elements into their featured spaces. As a way of celebrating Mother Earth, a conservation element will also be implemented in some fashion.

The Indiana Flower & Patio is a great way to interact with experts, as well as share your own ideas for indoor & outdoor enhancements. Some of this year’s gardens go by names like “The Forested Retreat”, “Elemental Serenity”, “Reclaim Your Backyard” and “Let Nature Thrive”.

In the Belgard Challenge is a competition, 3 landscape designers from the Central Indiana area will go against one another to design a garden concept that fits a $25,000 max budget after installation. Show attendees will cast ballots to determine the winning designer. The Belgard Challenge has been somewhat of a breeding ground for up-and-coming landscapers, with past contestants going on to win such major show awards as the Mayor’s Choice Award and Garden of Excellence.

 “The Urban Homestead” is an entirely new feature at this year’s show, which will offer a model for sustainable living. This amazing 10,000 square-foot “city lot” inside Expo Hall will come equipped with an Eco-Cottage, rain gardens, rain barrels and other water catchment, wind turbines, wood-burning boiler, chicken coops with live chickens, raised-bed gardens, beehives, and more.

Food and drink vendors will be on-site, including Wagner’s Café (Expo Hall) and Urich’s Garden Café (North end/ West Pavilion). The 100 guests at the show will receive a swag bag full of goodies.

Event Info:

  • March 9-17, 2013
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds
  • West Pavilion & Expo Hall
  • 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
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