Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Tromping through landscaping places is fun but tromping through Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana is amazing!

There were gardens and gardens and more gardens in this Lake County garden center.

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

There’s a lot to love about Gardens on the Prairie! For starters, this Northern Indiana gardening hub sits on not quite 8 acres of land.

This Lowell, Indiana garden shop is basically surrounded by cornfields and rolling hills. Everywhere you look from every angle of the property looks like something from the front of a postcard.

We were given a tour and it was really fun walking around looking at all the different types of gardens. Even though we visited at the end of the season, it was still absolutely incredible!

Lowell, Indiana Garden Center

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

They have a variety of themed gardens. Each one is so different from the next I couldn’t even pick a favorite!

We roamed through a cutting garden, where fresh flowers are cut (yes, this was full of butterflies!). We also saw a Potager or Kitchen Garden, a geometric garden once used not only for cooking, but also for prayer and mediation, that was planned and planted as part of a thesis project.

There was even what they call a Trial Garden with a few palms and sand, it felt like little Indiana landed in Florida!

I guess if I really had to choose…my favorite garden of all would have to be the Ruins Garden. Based on the Glastonbury Abbey, Gardens on the Prairie created a spot so peaceful, well, do you think they would mind if I camped out with a book some sunny afternoon?

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Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana

I think the most surprising feature of all was the 3,000 square foot outdoor pavilion! We’re talking fancy schmancy outdoor kitchen, where they put on grilling demonstrations, as well as neat seating, an awesome rainwater harvesting garden, and plenty of plants.

It just doesn’t get any better than this! Stop by Gardens on the Prairie in Lowell, Indiana and get your gardening on!

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Gardens on the Prairie
3242 W 169th Avenue
Lowell, Indiana 46356

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  1. Jessica Nunemaker May 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, there are some great places to eat! You can see plenty about Lowell right here: and don’t forget to look for my book “Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations” to help you on your way. Happy travels!

  2. renee castro May 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Jessica, I’ve visited the cornerstone mansion in Lowell Indiana some years back but it is no longer there. Im planning on visiting the Garden on the prairie and was wondering if you know of any other fun places in Lowell to stop for lunch 🙂

  3. Julie M. September 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I love outdoor gardens! We had some amazing ones in Dallas but I have to say, Charlotte just doesn’t cut it like I hoped it would. That’s awesome that you have such a nice one there!

  4. Jessica Nunemaker September 15, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Ha ha!

    little Indiana is full of all sorts of fun surprises like that. 🙂
    .-= Jessica Nunemaker´s last blog ..Indiana Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard Locations or It’s the Great Pumpkin List Charlie Brown =-.

  5. Holly L September 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

    It is gorgeous. I really want to move!
    .-= Holly L´s last blog ..Getting Back to Blogging with SITSHe is Not Me =-.

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