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Gardens and Tonic: More Than Just Pumpkins and Lights: Embracing Seasonality

November 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We all know that to truly move a garden forward takes time, patience, and a lot of sweat. Jonathan Wright and his horticulture and natural resources team are working to add new layers to The Garden at Newfields, a national historic landmark in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are digging deep and showing off what the garden can be, working to enhance accessibility, and broadening the invitation to visit to a wider community. Jonathan will share some highlights of recent seasonal exhibitions and a sneak peek to some upcoming master plan projects.


Gardens and Tonic is a series of virtual webinars with horticulture professionals. Grab your favorite beverage and join Julie Jenney from the Scott Arboretum and a featured horticulture professional for plant-related topics, adventures, and stories – as well as design-focused talks on private and public gardens. Time will be set aside to answer your questions.

Registration is free but required. Participants must have Zoom downloaded on their computer and be comfortable using it. The webinar link will be included in the confirmation email received after registering online.


More about Jonathan Wright:

Jonathan M. Wright is the Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources at Newfields, a place for nature and the arts. Jonathan has been with Newfields since 2016. In his current role he is responsible for all operations of The Garden, home to the National Historic Landmark Lilly House and Garden, The Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, as well as the garden operations at two satellite properties: 5-acre Westerley House and Garden and the 15-acre Miller House and Garden in nearby Columbus, Indiana. Additionally, he leads the interdepartmental teams in the implementation of seasonal programs including Spring Blooms and Winterlights, which have contributed to an overall increase in attendance of nearly 100% over five years ago. In his previous position, he was responsible for the design, implementation, and maintenance of the garden surrounding the Chanticleer House at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He holds a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Temple University, is a Graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Horticulture Program, and a Chanticleer Fellow.


Newfields: A Place for Nature and the Arts

Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts, offers dynamic experiences for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and a sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, and a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 30 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana – one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit


November 5
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual Meeting