The American Boxwood Society welcomes you to Indianapolis and Hoosier Hospitality on June 6-8, 2019!

A full schedule is planned with great Midwest private gardens, and the showstopper public garden at Newfields.  Newfields is the site of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eli Lilly home, and gardens.

On Friday the bus will depart from our hotel at 8:30 am.   Our first stop will be at a private home to visit a garden that is well known in the area and has been featured in many magazine articles, National Hosta Conventions, and several bus tours.

Next, we will continue on to visit 2 more private gardens on the northside of Indianapolis.  One is a new garden which surrounds a home built in the French style, and the other is a garden belonging to multiple homes.

After lunch, we will return to Hamilton county to visit the gardens of two ABS members.  First stop is the home of Louise and Larry Smith.  They have invited us to cocktails in their formal garden.  From there we will travel on to the home of Ron and Linda Williams, our hosts for this Symposium.  This garden is described by the couple as “used”.  Created by the owners, it has been the home of neighborhood 4th of July parties where the children out numbered the adults, graduation parties, weddings and receptions, Hosta Conventions, and bus tours.  From their home, we will depart for the Ambassador House in Fishers, IN for dinner.

The Ambassador House is a Greek Revival home owned by the first Ambassador to Austria from the United States.  Saunders Brothers established the site as a boxwood test site in 2011.  The Indiana weather has been a real test for some! 

After dinner ABS will host our annual auction to raise funds for the Research and Education Fund.  We welcome you to contribute to the auction by bringing plants, garden items, or any items you want to contribute!   It is a fun way to spend the evening and enjoy each other’s company while supporting the ABS.

On Saturday we will spend the day at Newfields visiting the Indianapolis Art Museum, the Lilly Home, and enjoying a guided tour of the gardens.  You will have lunch on your own. Consider checking out their website,, for more information.  There is much to see and do here!

If you plan to stay Saturday night and depart on Sunday, there are plans to have dinner together.

This promises to be an interesting weekend, packed with gardens that are not on the public radar while sharing and learning more about The American Boxwood.

Please join us!

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Below are photos from our 2018 Symposium in Central Virginia.

ABS Events

Boxwood Tour of Italy

Scheduled for 2020. Details to come!
Check out our Fall Boxwood Bulletin for more information and email to get on the waiting list.


Blandy Experimantal Farm

Check out the American Boxwood Society's Boxwood Memorial Garden during events at Blandy.



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