Though dogs are called man's best friend, only friend-famished flowers and regular-famished zombies burst from the earth for love of humanity. Foster floral friendships with today's Groupon: for $22, you get one ticket to the Garden and Natural Living Symposium, which also includes one-day entry to the Orchard in Bloom garden show at Holliday Park on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (a $45 value).
An annual celebration of organic beauty, Orchard in Bloom spotlights edible gardening this year with enticing displays of fresh herbs and vegetables among the ornately kaleidoscopic flowerbeds. Its Garden and Natural Living Symposium will be chaired by horticulturalist and keynote speaker Sara Snow of Discovery Health's Get Fresh. Snow and other experts will orate on health-packed homes, Indiana-specific planting choices, and ultra-local recipes from the garden, such as front-stoop fricassee. Audience members can fortify themselves before tummy-rumbling topics with a complimentary continental-breakfast spread from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
After absorbing the sagacity of symposium speakers, attendees can wander through the garden pavilions, where local landscapers fill tents with vibrantly verdant environments. Out of doors, dainty microgardens will dot the emerald landscape with eye-dazzling delicacies, and smaller tents will host Events in Bloom, a showcase of vernal vignettes featuring tips for interior floral decoration and optimal bouquet-tossing arcs. Curious sprouts get the chance to grow floral seedlings of their own in the children's tent, and parents can nibble from the garden café and wonder why daisies spring from their fertile footprints.
Orchard in Bloom Garden Show
Orchard in Bloom’s annual garden show and symposium sponsored by National Bank of Indianapolis in Holliday Park raises funds for The Orchard School, an independent grade school for grades pre-K through 8, as well as Holliday Park. Select local landscapers create macro-landscapes with in-season botany as well as specialized microgardens, designed to showcase specific plant varieties and new design ideas that homeowners can easily incorporate into their own yards. Gardeners can stock up on tools, plants, and art at the Gardener’s Market, full of national and regional artisan vendors. The children’s area entertains youngsters with age-appropriate activities, such as filling flowerpots with soil and playing patty-cake with the limbs of trees.