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Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park

Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park

The City of Mar­i­on takes pride in hav­ing a Proven Win­ners® Sig­na­ture Gar­den in our very own back­yard. The breath­tak­ing Gar­dens are nes­tled in our cen­tu­ry-old Mat­ter Park and offers a desired sense of place for our res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. There are only a hand­ful of pro­fes­sion­al gar­dens across the world with this pres­ti­gious classification.”

May­or Jess Alumbaugh


Locat­ed in the heart of Mat­ter Park, the 6.3 acres of lux­u­ri­ous land­scap­ing includes both the Gar­dens and the Mead­ow (the Gar­dens expan­sion), and is denot­ed a Proven Win­ners® Sig­na­ture Gar­den, a pres­ti­gious des­ig­na­tion received by less than a dozen pro­fes­sion­al gar­dens nation­wide. Home to wed­dings, reunions, and grad­u­a­tion par­ties, the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park has become a Hoosier gar­den show­case sym­bol­iz­ing the spir­it and ded­i­ca­tion of our com­mu­ni­ty. The Gar­dens are rich with over 7,000 annu­al plants, shade struc­tures, bronze stat­ues, and var­i­ous seat­ing, all with­in dec­o­ra­tive fenc­ing. The Mead­ow offers addi­tion­al sight-see­ing fea­tures, some of which include a Children’s Veg­etable Gar­den, one of the Garfield stat­ues com­plet­ing the Grant Coun­ty Garfield Trail, and a nation­al award-win­ning But­ter­fly Gar­den fos­ter­ing the liveli­hood of Monarch but­ter­flies. The Gar­dens are home to many Friends of the Gar­dens qual­i­ty-of-life pub­lic events includ­ing Hearts & Arts, Plan­ta­palooza (plant sale), Gar­den Edu­ca­tion Series, Monarch Fes­ti­val & Ice Cream Social, Fall Mag­ic in the Gar­dens (bon­fire & movie), and Christ­mas Mag­ic in the Gar­dens, all of which are free com­mu­ni­ty events. Parks & Recre­ation also hosts Con­certs in the Gar­dens, the Dad­dy Daugh­ter Dance, an annu­al fundrais­er An Evening in the Gar­dens” as a high­light of the sum­mer, and not to men­tion the Walk­way of Lights dri­ve-through hol­i­day light dis­play, one of the biggest in the coun­try with over 2 mil­lion lights.

Gar­den House

The Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park fea­ture the Gar­den House, a year-round tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled indoor facil­i­ty com­plete with a fire­place, kitchen, and pri­vate restrooms, offer­ing an ide­al loca­tion for events and pri­vate par­ties. The Gar­den House can pro­vide ban­quet seat­ing for up to 128 peo­ple. There is a sound sys­tem, 3 flat screen TVs, and even a Baby Grand piano on site.

The Mead­ow

The most recent addi­tion to the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park is the Mead­ow. The added lush acreage fea­tures an open pavil­ion with 8 pic­nic tables, and an out­door kitchen com­plete with a grill, sink, and mini-fridge. This pic­turesque pavil­ion seats about 64 peo­ple. There are restrooms con­ve­nient­ly locat­ed next to the shelter.

Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park Rules:

  • No smok­ing.
  • No skat­ing or bicycling.
  • Pets are allowed on a leash.

The Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park has devot­ed staff, but the grounds’ sus­tain­abil­i­ty and liveli­hood would not be pos­si­ble with­out its estab­lished sup­port­ing orga­ni­za­tions. Vis­it Friends of the Gar­dens (https://​www​.friend​soft​he​gar​dens​.us/) for more infor­ma­tion about the major­i­ty of the Gar­dens’ spe­cial events and programs.

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