Indianapolis – Eiteljorg Museum visit

This week I have the opportunity to visit the Indianapolis area while my husband is taking a week of woodworking classes in Franklin.  The drive down lifted my spirits, as I began to see that there is hope that spring is on its way, evidenced by the blooming pears (Pyrus callyerana would be my guess), and the redbuds (Cercis canadensis) in this more southern climate.  Not only were the crabapples also  in bloom, but I saw my first Eastern tent caterpillar.  They look rather creepy and will defoliate your tree, but  will not kill it.  For peace of mind,  however, many people prefer to remove them.  For more information on their life cycle and how to get rid of them, be sure to go to   http://urbanext.illinois.edu/bugreview/easterntentcat.cfm.

I love having the entire day to myself as I can do and see whatever I like!  Of course, my first choice is always visiting gardens, and this area has many to see.  I started my week at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art www.eiteljorg.org/ .  I spent almost three hours at the museum itself.  It is amazing.  If you have an opportunity, visit if you’re in the area.  I then walked the grounds and strolled the Indiana Canal walk.  Attached are some pictures of the things I saw.  Note the field of dandelions.  While their foliage is certainly not the most attractive there is, in bloom they look wonderful!

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) and Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)

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Brunnera macrophylla

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Weeping European Beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula’)

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Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocstanum)

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Dandelion (Taraxacum)

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Viburnum opulus and Redbud (Cercis canadensis)