During the warm-weather months, Avon Gardens is an oasis that offers both a lush space for outdoor events and an abundance of plants, trees, and flowers for gardeners.

Even if you just want to wander the grounds and gather inspiration for your own outdoor spaces, five acres of display gardens will give you more than enough ideas. This is the place to be.

Hundreds of flowers are in bloom right now, but insiders recommend coming back at the end of June or early July, as well, when the day lilies take their turn. Until you can make it there in person, enjoy this photo tour of Avon Gardens. One of the first areas you see as you enter the permanent area of Avon Gardens, a quiet gathering place lies in the shade over a gurgling creek. Perfect for evening weddings, Avon Gardens' is beautifully accented by candlelight. After you've strolled the grounds, be sure to peruse the hundreds of plants and flowers for sale. Peonies are some of my favorite flowers, and in my walk around the grounds, I found several varieties I'd never seen before. This deep pink bloom was just one example. Permanent structures like this help to make Avon Gardens a perfect place for a wedding that requires little or no extra decoration. Reminiscent of a French patio, tables, chairs, and benches like these are placed throughout the grounds and welcome you to take a seat and relax. Covered areas, such as the pavilion, offer shelter from inclement weather and scorching sun. On the walk from the ceremony to reception area, a rustic archway welcomes guests as they pass from one part of an event to another. The Display Gardens stretch across five acres of land and offer gardeners the opportunity to see what their plants will look like when matured. If you're on the hunt for shade-loving perennials, Avon Gardens is the place to go—and the selection extends well beyond hostas and ferns. If annuals are what you're after, you'll find plants and flowers in every shade of the rainbow here. If you have a plan for your garden, you'll find everything you need. If you don't have a plan and need some help, many knowledgeable, friendly staffers are available to give you a hand. No garden is complete without some wildlife, don't you agree? From what I've seen at garden shops around Hendricks County, miniature gardens are growing in popularity. Avon Gardens has a great selection of delicate, small flowers and greenery that will be perfect for your own miniature landscape. Ready to load up your car? Not to worry, wagons are on hand to help you tote your haul to the parking lot. Make multiple trips, if you need to!