For those who are new to this area, or new to gardening, here are some generalized guidelines to get you started:

  • Richmond/Wayne County is generally considered to be in Zone 5 for plant hardiness.
  • You might be able to use Zone 6 plants, depending upon the harshness of our winter during a particular season and the protection they receive from the surroundings.
  • Tender plants should be set out after Mother's Day when the last chance of frost has passed.
  • Cool weather vegetation can be planted earlier, for example, peas are usually planted around St. Patrick's Day.

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Public Gardens and Arboretums

Wayne County

A.A.R.S. Rose Garden - in Glen Miller Park on National Road 40 East in Richmond. Volunteer here to learn how to care for roses from local experts.

Cope Environmental Center - environmental center offering programs, demonstrations, and research. They have a wide range of conifer plantings.

Hayes Arboretum - "a living museum", offering nature programs, hiking facilities, and nature center. A good source for studying herbaceous plants and native trees.


Christy Woods - in Muncie, Indiana

Indianapolis Museum of Art Gardens - in Indianapolis, IN

Minnetrista Gardens - in Muncie, Indiana

White River Gardens - Indianapolis, Indiana


Aullwood Garden MetroPark - in Dayton, Ohio

Cox Arboretum - in Dayton, Ohio

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark - in Dayton, Ohio


Cooperative Extension Service - Indiana has a wonderful, free Cooperative Extension Service, supported by Purdue University. Our local extension agent can answer many of your gardening questions. The Cooperative Extension office is located in the Kuhlman Building at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society

Sprout of Control - a community gardening project.

Gardening with Children

Fun Garden Projects for Children

My First Garden

Plant Activities for Children

Gardening News

Hoosier Gardener

Purdue Horticulture Information

Purdue Ag Yard & Garden News

Gardening Reference

Ask the Experts! - Purdue University info on Plants and Pests

Down the Garden Path - newsletter archive from the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

Garden Tips - from the Purdue Extension Office

Hayes Arboretum Garden Links

Wildlife Information Hotline - by the DNR

Calendar of Garden Events - by GardenWeb

Composting Fundamentals

Home Gardening - from the USDA

Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Vegetable Gardening

Indiana Vegetable Planting Calendar

Purdue Extension Vegetable Gardening Resources

Vegetable Gardening Tips

Vegetable Insects & Their Management

Watch Your Garden Grow - University of Illinois Extension

Plant Reference

Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets - Indiana Cooperative Extension Service

Poison Ivy Info - Leaves of three - let them be!

PlantFacts - by The Ohio State University

Plant Reference Links - from Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

Web Garden - by The Ohio State University

All-American Selection Winners

HortiPlex Plant Database - database contains plant data as well as links to information sources, images and vendors.

Native Plant Information Network - Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Plant Images - by the Noble Foundation Includes Grasses & Grass-like plants, Forbs, and Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines.

What Tree Is It? - Tree identification program

Wildflower Identification - listed by color


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Did You Know?

Richmond, the county seat of Wayne County, is 966' above sea level.