Spring Blooms

Presented by Wild Birds Unlimited

Spring Blooms
Museum Hours

As the days get longer and the sunshine gets stronger, Newfields bursts to life with Spring Blooms presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. This year’s fantastic floral extravaganza will begin inside with Art in Bloom presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and will crescendo in early April with more than 40,000 new blooming bulbs speckled throughout The Garden. 

Outside, the early days of spring impress with flowering trees and shrubs, including a breathtaking apple blossom in the Rapp Family Ravine Garden and Gene & Rosemary Tanner Orchard, and thousands of award-winning orchids will delight in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.  

The Beer Garden at Garden Terrace will open the first week of April and is the perfect place to refuel with a chef-designed menu that features a seasonally rotating selection of sandwiches, salads, and sausages alongside favorites like the giant Bavarian pretzel with house-made cheese. Pair your meal with best-in-style beers from Germany, Belgium and your local Indy favorites.  

Throughout April beds of hyacinths and daffodils will give way to tulips complimented by magnificent lupines.  Meanwhile, spring ephemerals will linger in The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park all spring season as the Wild Birds Unlimited Native Pollinator Meadow wakes up.  

Come early and often to experience the fusion of art and nature all season long at Spring Blooms presented by Wild Birds Unlimited.

March 21 - May 12, 2024
The Garden at Newfields
Included with general admission and free for members

Find inspiration exploring on your own or take a tour with an expert. Take your experience to the next level by joining us for a spring class or workshop:

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mini Orchid Bowl

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse at Newfields
6–8 PM

If you've admired the orchid bowls throughout the IMA Galleries and Lilly House, here's your chance to make your own! You'll learn all the tricks and techniques the greenhouse team uses to create these beautiful displays.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Orchid Mounting

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse at Newfields
6–7:30 PM

Did you know? Orchids are epiphytes, which means they do not grow in soil. In this class, you’ll learn how to mount and grow orchids the way they do in nature.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Macrame Air Plant Holder 

Lilly House at Newfields
1–3 PM

Make your own macrame air plant holder in this 2-hour guided session in Lilly House. You’ll learn to knot a beautiful and functional macrame holder for a Tillandsia, commonly known as an air plant, and will leave with knowing how to care for your n ...

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Orchid Murder Mystery Book Club #3: A Twist of Orchids

Lilly House at Newfields
6–7:45 PM

Orchid Murder Mystery Book Club #3: We take our third orchid hunting trip to the Dordogne in A Twist of Orchids, the third novel in Michelle Wan’s orchid murder mystery series.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

White River Clean-Up with Friends of the White River

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at Newfields
Times Vary

Help Newfields and Friends of the White River clean-up the shores and floodplain of the White River. There are two ways to help, on foot or on kayaks provided by Frank’s Livery.

Saturday, May 11, 2024 & Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mother’s Day Weekend

11 AM–3 PM

Celebrate your mom and mother figures throughout Newfields on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 from 11 AM to 3 PM. The Garden at Newfields will be in full bloom for the last hurrah of Spring Blooms presented by Wild Birds Unlimited.

Thursday, May 16

May 2024 Orchid Basics

Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse at Newfields
6–7:30 PM

Bloom, baby! One of our most popular classes is back. Newfields’ own Horticulturist and Orchid Specialist Ian Wilhite guides you through the basics of orchid care.

Don’t miss what Spring Blooms has to offer


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