International Friendship Gardens

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United States of America - Indiana - Michigan City

Institution Code: FRIEN

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the International Friendship Gardens

Imagine a beautiful valley, surrounded by forested hills. Imagine it dotted with gardens, spreading lawns, towering trees and divided by a rushing creek. Imagine silence, punctuated by the calls of birds, the laughter of children and the ringing of bells. This is Friendship Gardens, a sheltered treasure nestled on the eastern edge of Michigan City, Indiana.

These are historic gardens, inspired by the 1936 Century of Progress in Chicago and created on land traced with trails used for centuries by Native Americans. The gardens are open to welcome you the second weekend of May through the last weekend of October. They are open daily 10 AM – 4 PM, except Mondays. Admission is $4 with a limit of $10 per family and children under 12, free. They are accessed by walking earthen trails and lawns. A golf cart is available to transport those with mobility limitations.

The gardens are available for rental for weddings and other events. A variety of concerts and other cultural activities are scheduled. The gardens are owned and managed by a not for profit board. Volunteers and donors are the lifeblood of this public garden, which depends on contributions of time and resources for their continued growth.

Main Address:
International Friendship Gardens
P.O. Box 8834
2055 E. Highway 12
Michigan City
Indiana 46360 United States of America

Telephone: (219) 878-9885
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Marti Pizzini, Executive Director
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1936
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 41.7271340
    Longitude: -86.8707880
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Narcissus, Paeonia, Papaver, Rosa, Tulipa.

Conservation Programmes

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