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Field trip: Garfield Park Conservatory

  • Garfield Park Conservatory 2505 Conservatory Drive Indianapolis, IN 46203 (map)

We will meet at 8:00 A.M. in the parking lot at the front entrance.  The doors will be open at 8:00 AM., and will only remain open long enough to get our equipment inside, approximately 8:10 A.M.  If you leave the Conservatory you will not be able to regain entry. The Conservatory is closed to the public until 10:00 A.M.    We can stay beyond the 10:00 A.M. time but tripods will not be allowed after 10:00 A.M.

A donation of $5.00 will be required at entry.  Please have correct change.

This trip is an opportunity to photograph inside the Conservatory without having to pay the $25.00 per hour fee as a non-professional or the $450.00 fee for a professional photo shoot.

PRACTICE YOUR MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES:  The Conservatory maintains a wide variety of plants and flowers to include a large collection of orchids. 
The management of the Conservatory requests that we remain on the paths and do not rearrange or disturb plants in anyway.  We want to be invited back. 
Further information on the Conservatory can be found at the website:

Directions to Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park is located on Indianapolis' near south-side.
2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
From I-65 Raymond Street Exit - Head south off of the exit ramp on Raymond Street and immediately turn left onto Shelby Street. The main entrance to Garfield Park is located on the right only a few blocks from Raymond. The Conservatory and Sunken Garden are located immediately inside the park on your left. Stop in!

From Downtown Indianapolis - Head south on Pennsylvania Avenue from downtown. Continue on as Pennsylvania Avenue turns into Madison Avenue. Turn left on Pleasant Run Parkway, which is at the intersection nearest IPS' Manual High School. Turn right on *Pagoda Drive and keep left at the 3-way intersection onto Conservatory Drive. The Sunken Garden and Conservatory are located on the right. We look forward to seeing you!

*Please note that if there is snow on the ground, the Pagoda Drive entrance to the Park will be blocked for the safety of sledders. In this instance, proceed past pagoda drive and make a right at the light onto Raymond. Turn right again on Shelby. The park entrance will be on the right just past the light at Chase bank. We're just inside the park!