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The History of Inniswood Metro Gardens

1972

Gardens Founded

May 30, 1972

Gardens Founded

The garden site was first established as the 37-acre (150,000 m2) estate of sisters Grace and Mary Innis. They gave their home and land to Metro Parks in 1972.

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1983

Inniswood Volunteers, Inc. (IVI) started from members of various garden clubs/ plant societies following organizational meetings held in November 1982.

January 1, 1983

1985

Rose Garden Terrace scheduled for completion Memorial Day 1985, JC Penny donated money to add to the Inniswood Volunteer, Inc. fund for the Rock Garden.

May 27, 1985

1986

Central Ohio Unit, Herb Society of America raised money toward a $100,000 endowment for the Herb Garden at Inniswood. Total cost was estimated at $200,000.

January 1, 1986

1987

Herb Garden Phase I fund drive completed, Audubon Society spearheaded the drive to fund the sculpture in Memorial Gardens.

January 1, 1987

1988

Donation of the sculpture by Audubon Society, donation of trellis for Rose Garden by Cardinal Industries, Herb Garden dedication, Memorial Garden and Rock Garden projects being developed.

January 1, 1988

1989

Inniswood Garden Society received Museum Services grant for $4000 to verify the peony collection.

January 1, 1989

1991

Construction of Rock Garden began in October.

October 1, 1991

1992

Rock Garden dedicated on April 26.

April 26, 1992

1994

Citizens to Save Our Park Campaign lead by Stewart Flaherty to defeat Schrock Road extension.

October 25, 1994

1996

First Affair of the Hort held with keynote speaker Roger Swain, attendance was over 10,000, highway signs at Route 3 exit off I- 270 installed.

January 1, 1996

1998

Railroad Garden installed. Anonymous donor donated Pondering Gardener sculpture.

January 1, 1998

1999

First year for a theme for annual beds.

January 1, 1999

2000

Groundbreaking for Sisters’ Garden on June 16, phase 1 completed in September.

June 16, 2000

2002

Sisters’ Garden dedicated.

January 1, 2002

2003

Conifer Garden

January 1, 2003

2004

Public celebration of Inniswood’s 20th anniversary with Innis family members in attendance.

January 1, 2004

2005

Last Affair of the Hort

September 1, 2005

2006

Preparation for an eventful 2007 (Perennial Plant Association annual symposium with 700+ members visit Gardens, Special Parks District Forum lunch and tour held at Inniswood, David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit)

January 1, 2006

2007

David Roger’s Big Bugs drew over 600,000 visitors in 3 months.

January 1, 2007

2010

Education Pavilion completed.

January 1, 2010

2011

First Winter Hike chili served outside in Education Pavilion.

January 1, 2011

2013

30th anniversary of Inniswood Volunteers Inc.

January 1, 2013

2014

30th anniversary of Inniswood Metro Gardens.

April 1, 2014

2015

Greenhouse Multipurpose Building completed.

January 1, 2015

2017

New Greenhouse completed

August 1, 2017