2013 Holiday Hours:
Thursday-Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Coming Spring of 2014
"The Gardens" at Niemeyer's
Gardens on the Prairie is merging with Niemeyer's Landscape Supply (810 North Indiana Ave. in Crown Point) to offer a complete line of landscape supplies! The merger will feature an expanded assortment of plants, complete line of bulk materials, and cutting edge hardscapes. The Gardens at Niemeyer's will be managed by Horticulturist Wayne Gruber. We will have two convenient locations in order to provide Northwest Indiana residents and contractors with all their landscaping needs. Please feel free to contact us 219-690-0911 at any time to get more information regarding this exciting new venture!!!
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Welcome to Gardens on the Prairie
The Garden Center was established February 12, 2001 on 7 1/2 acres. The retail space encompasses 3 acres of nursery stock, extensively planted display gardens, and 2 retail greenhouses.
Our mission is to provide the gardener with professional advice, friendly and knowledgeable service, and a unique selection of plant material. We currently carry over 30,000 unique perennials, unusual annuals, specialty trees & shrubs, exotic tropicals and succulents, and water plants.
The Display Gardens are a plethora of ideas, inspiration, and beautiful scenery dedicated to our customers. We encourage you to visit our gardens throughout the season and bring family and friends.
The Potager Garden (June 2008)
Our 2500 square foot kitchen garden is an interpretation of a 15th century potager garden and is located southeast of the Ruins Garden. The word potager is derived from the French term potage, which means a soup or broth with vegetables. This garden is planted for harvest, medicinal, and ornamental purposes. The geometrically designed garden was also used for prayer and meditative purposes during the 15th century.
Ruins Garden (June 2006)
Originally displayed at the 2003 and 2005 Chicago Flower Shows, the ruins have been reconstructed at the garden center. The original display was modeled from the Glastonbury Abbey in England. The dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII saw the Abbey partially destroyed and left in ruin. The skeleton of a once great Abbey is all that remains today. This display garden is our interpretation of a ruins garden. It is a garden for peaceful reflection and nature's brilliance.
Garden Pavilion (April 2006)
This multi-purpose 3,000 square foot pavilion contains creative retail displays, an outdoor kitchen, and provides garden rooms for our numerous events. The events include educational seminars, grilling demonstrations, garden club meetings, special celebrations, and more!
Trial Garden (2003)
A stroll through the trial garden will take you on a journey of the newest annual, perennial and shrub varieties. The center of the garden is changed each year with a tropical/annual planting design. This year will be a beach theme complete with a Palm & Banana walk through the sand...a little taste of Florida!
Dwarf Conifer Garden (June 2010)
Made up of large outcroppings, the conifer garden contains numerous colorful & unusual varieties of dwarf conifers. This garden will paint a multi seasonal picture of form and beauty. Watch this garden as it matures during the coming seasons.
Pondless Waterfall (August 2006)
Enjoy the relaxing sounds of the waterfall while being inspired by the surrounding shade garden.
Overall, Gardens on the Prairie is a visual and educational horticultural experience. The gardens are a work in progress with continual change and maturing beauty. We invite everyone to join us for an enhanced retail experience and creative garden design ideas every time you visit our garden center.