My mom has traveled the world with her camera and said that the Oldfields-Lilly Gardens just outside downtown Indianapolis was one of the most beautiful places she had ever (EVER!) been.
The rain stopped just long enough last week for us to take pictures before I had to throw her back on a plane back to New Mexico. (Seriously, pouring rain until we pulled up, pouring rain as soon as we got back in the car.)

come in, we're open Lilly Garden Columns drops of rain Lilly Gardens purple drops Lilly Gardens Pink and Yellow Flower moosh twirl red rain flower wet leaves two peas in a line Ravine Garden Oldfields Lilly Gardens orange rain flower tinkerbell not included Into the Garden spotty dotty orchid orchid arch purple orchids


  1. beautiful! those are the types of places i could just camp out in. ah…

    Casey Reply:

    @natalie, I’m pretty sure there’s such dense foliage no one would notice for like a week.

  2. Wow! Reminds me of the botanical gardens in Chicago. Beautiful! Great pictures too, they could be on a calendar….

    Casey Reply:

    @Amber, I’ve never been to the ones in Chicago but I know that the Lilly Gardens here works really close with the Chicago Botanical Gardens.
    Those plant people, so chummy.

  3. I got my high school portraits taken there – and they turned out SO beautifully!!

    My dream is to have wedding pictures taken there someday…

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, I know I already emailed you out of excitement but I WANT TO TAKE THEM PLEASE!

  4. Absolutely amazing pictures. In the 8 years I lived in Indy I’ve never been. Maybe when I’m there in September I’ll have to make sure to get there. Such a beautiful place!

    Casey Reply:

    @Erika, It is my duty to make sure everyone in Indianapolis goes here. You included.

    Erika Reply:

    @Casey, Alright, when it gets closer I’ll be asking fo more information about where/when/etc. And yes, fall colors (which I don’t get here in the desert and are my ALL TIME FAVORITE THING EVER!!!) hopefully they’ll have started changing already :)

  5. Wow, what AWESOME pictures. Note to self: I will definitely be stopping there if I’m ever in Indy!

    Casey Reply:

    @AmazingGreis, For sure. IT’S FREE!

  6. I think you’re mom just might be right! Gorgeous!

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah @ Ordinary Days, My mom’s always right. Drives me nuts.

  7. love your pictures and I will be sure to check this place out!!

    Casey Reply:

    @crystal, Good. Go. Now. It’s still light outside.

  8. That felt like a mini vacation in my head. Thank you for the peaceful, beautiful pictures!

    Casey Reply:

    @Jessica, I aim to please, my travel agent fees are $300.

  9. “Proving once again that there is more than corn in Indiana.”

    (commerical for Indiana Beach, but it works here too.)

    Casey Reply:

    @Antonette, But I do love corn. MMM. (Don’t love corn poopies though.)

    Antonette Reply:

    @Casey, I have yet to find a person who does, Casey. ;)

  10. GORGEOUS. Simply gorgeous!

  11. Wow! Those photos are amazing! You’ve got a talented mama! :)

    Casey Reply:

    @April, NOO! I TOOK THEM! My mama’s got nothing on me. Heh.
    But I did take them.

    April Reply:

    @Casey, Oops. :) My mistake.

    *You* are one talented mama! :)

  12. I live here in Indy and have not heard of this place! It’s on the list of must-see places now!

    Casey Reply:

    @Eternal Lizdom, Go. Seriously people.

  13. The IMA gardens are definitely one of my favorite places to visit in Indy! It is fantastic in the spring with all the daffodils blooming – and when their magnolia tree is in full bloom – swoon! The greenhouse is also a favorite – so many pretty flowers – my husband and I love to go there in the winter – gives us a little get away from the cold Indiana weather!

    Casey Reply:

    @Stacy, must go in spring. have you ever hit up the garfield park conservatory in the winter? That place is like a tropical oasis in winter.

  14. We had our family photos taken there last November. We are trying to plan another shoot for later this summer when I can get all four of us assembled here. It’s a beautiful place in all four seasons. Your images are gorgeous!

  15. I have lived in Indianapolis for all but 8 years of my life, and I have NEVER even heard of this place! I MUST go check it out…the pictures are beautiful!

    Casey Reply:

    @Katie, Boo. GO TOMORROW. Okay?
    GO! IT’S FREE!

  16. Lovely. It puts Columbus to shame.

    Casey Reply:

    @Momo Fali, YESSS!! Finally something on OHIO!
    Okay I’m done.

  17. Michelle says:

    Oh, wow.

    Love the dancing orchids.

    Casey Reply:

    @Michelle, My dream is to one day keep an orchid alive in my house, dancing or not. Until then I’ll live vicariously through the greenhouse.

  18. Wow! I love that place and love the photos you took of it!

    Casey Reply:


  19. GORGEOUS!!

  20. Beautiful gardens!

    I just visited the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte recently. It was HOT, but lovely!

    Casey Reply:

    @Wayfaring Wanderer, Thank heavens it wasn’t to hot this day or I believe it would have clouded my judgement (AND MY LENS.)

  21. This reminds me of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville.

    The pictures are really wonderful!

    Casey Reply:

    @Amy2 boys, Dude, Cheekwood? SUCH A COOLER NAME.

  22. Amazingly beautiful!

  23. Very, very pretty. And I love that photo of the Moosh skipping down the sidewalk. You should totally blow it up and frame it.

  24. SOOOOOOO Gorgeous.

    Just stunning. Not that I’m surprised or anything.

  25. Gorgeous pics!!!

  26. The rain made everything beautiful! These photos are wonderful.

  27. oooh, we’re getting married there this summer! These pics are amazing and now I’m even more excited for the wedding!!!! Thanks for the preview!!

  28. Shut your face…the one of the moosh dancing…swoon. You are so way cooler a photographer than me. I am teary. How come I didn’t get to go here?

  29. Whoa Casey! Those are seriously amazing pictures, and make me want to hop a flight to Indy in the morning. What an oasis of serenity. I hope it was a nice break from the back and forth to the new house- good luck getting everything coordinated!

  30. Wow. I am envious that you got to see that much beauty.

  31. One of my favorite places ANYWHERE. I like to visit the greenhouse on my birthday in late winter and just breathe the air! Beautiful photography.