IMA Holiday Open Greenhouse

Old Friends

A trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art Greenhouse as a Christmas tradition? Yep. The Greenhouse is open for business year round whenever the museum is, but two Thursday evenings in December the Greenhouse folks, like my friend Lynne above, roll out a therapeutically warm and life-filled holiday welcome. You can pop into the final Open House of the season next Thursday, December 20 (free, open till 8:00 p.m.). It makes a great date night venue.

Warm Greeting

I love the subtle details. This year simple candles burning in the snow were at the gates. In the past, it was red fabric lanterns with tea lights inside.

If you think an emphasis on nature limits your color palette to sage and brown, the Greenhouse staff is ready to blow your mind. I’m thinking about buying this metal tree and all of its ornaments for our house so I can make it through the February and March blahs.

Aviary Tree


If you look closely you can see the guitar player through the window.

IMA Greenhouse

I’ll always need a plant and a smiling-person-pick-me-up to brighten my spirits when winter is bearing down on me. Sue, Lynne, and the Greenhouse crowd always hook me up with both.


Oldfields, the IMA’s American Country Place era estate of which the Greenhouse is a part, is open for free that Thursday, too. The grounds are lit so that you can enjoy the gardens at night. Cold as it was outside, winding through the endless luminaria trails was a calming way to end a typically wild December day.

Oldfields Formal Garden

On the Grounds

On the Grounds

9 Responses to “IMA Holiday Open Greenhouse”

  1. December 14, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    I want the tree and every ornament on it. Will you take me there Sunday?

  2. December 14, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Sure will, if we aren’t buried in snow.

  3. December 14, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    What a great date night! I wish LR had something even close to that kind of wintry beauty. Love luminaries, birds, and brightly colored plants.

  4. December 14, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed the IMA Greenhouse, but normally in the summer. You’ve inspired me to take the family for a visit in the winter as well. Those photos are beautiful!

  5. 5 gunstreamgirl
    December 14, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    no, no, i want the tree and ornaments. it’s lovely. all of it.

  6. December 14, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Because I love ‘ya-I’ll share.

  7. December 18, 2007 at 5:18 am

    If you’re visiting the IMA grounds on Thursday, Dec. 20, check out Motus Dance Theatre at the Winter Solstice (Lilly House and Greenhouse parking lot). The event runs from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., and Motus will be dancing every half hour starting at 6:00.

    The IMA’s (two-days-early) Winter Solstice celebration will feature ice sculpting, bonfires, live reindeer and owls, performances by Motus (on whose board of directors I serve) and more.

    Bundle up and come on out!

  8. December 18, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks for the tip Scott! Happy Solstice!

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