Conner Prairie receives $10,000 grant for historical landscaping project outside of newly renovated Conner House
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, May 2, 2016/Conner Prairie) – Conner Prairie has received a $10,000 grant from the Indianapolis Garden Club to create 1820s-style landscaping around the museum’s newly renovated Conner House, one of the oldest brick homes in Indiana.
In March, Conner Prairie opened the house with new, interactive program experiences throughout the interior. The project was endorsed as an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.
With the Indianapolis Garden Club grant, the museum will extend the same themes presented inside to landscaping on the east and north sides of the home. Inside, visitors explore how the landscape, including flora and fauna, changed dramatically when pioneers arrived to settle the new state. Outside, once the grant is utilized, visitors will learn about native plants that existed in central Indiana in the early 1820s and identify them with plant markers and educational labels.
The museum is consulting with a landscape architect and a state Department of Natural Resources botanist who, guided by an original 1820 property survey, will suggest specific native species for re-introduction at Conner Prairie. The goal is to select plants that were present at the time of William Conner’s life while meeting the challenges of the site’s hilltop location and ongoing maintenance. To help complete the work, the museum will utilize a group of master gardeners who weekly maintain Conner Prairie’s gardens and the Indianapolis Garden Club.
The Indianapolis Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, joins Lilly Endowment Inc., the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and Hamilton County Tourism in financially supporting the renovation of the Conner House.
Since 1930, a focus of the Indianapolis Garden Club has been civic improvement. Proceeds from the club’s annual Garden Walk have supported a host of noteworthy garden space in the central Indiana community.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.