The SWIMGA Display Garden features a variety of plants in specific, named garden areas. It’s a place for education, demonstrations, and enjoyment by residents and visitors alike.

As SWIMGA’s garden home, the Display Garden is the site of several public educational events throughout the year, including an AAS field day in summer and Demo Days throughout the year. For information on a guided tour for your group, please click Visiting Information tab.

Master Gardens volunteer their time in all aspects of the garden, from tilling to planting to harvesting.  We donate the results of our hard work to the Tri-State Food Bank.

SWIMGA also maintains various gardens across our community. To view our community gardens, click the “Community Garden Projects” tab below.

Bill Bennett is in charge of the buildings and lawn care.  Shirley and Walter Everett are the Display Garden photographers.

Kay Haller and Linda Stocks are co-coordinators for our Display Garden. For additional information, email Kay Haller at

The State of Indiana gave SWIMGA the 1.2 acres in late 2005, which was formerly part of the Evansville State Hospital grounds. All the gifted properties were given to non-profit agencies with the agreement that most green space would be preserved.

That same fall (2005) a leaking petroleum tank was found underground at the site and the proper steps were taken by the state to clean up the site before turning the land over to SWIMGA.  In the process, the topsoil at the site was essentially lost.  In the spring of 2006 SWIMGA planted rye grass seed to act as “green manure” to loosen and enrich the soil.  And then the process of planning for use of the site began.

Just south of the Lloyd Expressway between Stockwell Road and Vann Avenue, next to the Eykamp Boy Scout Center at 3501 E. Lloyd Expressway in Evansville, Master Gardeners have created an oasis of beauty and serenity.

The Display Gardens are open year round with ample parking and free admission.

Self-Guided Tours

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens at their own pace at any time during daylight hours any day of the year. The Display Gardens are designed to be self-guided, and during the growing season, information sheets about each garden area are located in green “realtor” boxes, near the pathways.

The Master Gardener Display Gardens cover 1.2 acres. We recommend allowing about 30 minutes to enjoy the gardens at a leisurely pace.

The MGDG is handicap accessible from the north entrance.

Guided Tours

We can provide a Master Gardener docent to conduct a group tour with the following limitations:

  • Eight or more participants are required.
  • Two weeks minimum advance notice is required to schedule a guided tour. More time may be needed around a holiday.
  • Tours are free of charge.
  • Youths under age 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • The majority of the garden is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Please notify us if you have special requirements.
  • PLEASE refer to the Garden Etiquette guidelines.
  • Allow approximately 60 minutes for tours.

Call the Vanderburgh County Purdue Extension office at (812) 435-5287 for more information.


When visiting our gardens, please observe the following guidelines:

  • For their safety, please supervise children at all times. One adult should accompany every five children.
  • Please keep pets on a leash and on the sidewalks. Fresh manure is toxic to plants and dangerous on sidewalks. Please clean up after your pet.
  • No climbing, running, skating, sports, or games.
  • Stay on pathways and mowed lawn areas. Do not walk in mulched or planted garden beds.
  • Please leave flowers and plants for everyone to enjoy. Do not collect or remove seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, plant labels, etc.
  • Do not wade or swim in ponds, streams, or fountains.
  • We care about the environment. Please dispose of waste in recycle bins when appropriate. Do not litter.
  • Visitors are permitted to take snapshots for their own personal use only. Please do not block pathways or access for other visitors.
  • The Garden is a tobacco-free environment. No smoking is allowed on Garden property
  • No alcohol.
  • The area, including the Gardens, is open to visitors during daylight hours.

Master Gardeners gather at the Master Gardeners Display Garden (MGDG)the second Saturday morning of each month in March-November to work and share.

Here are some photos from the November 2017 work session.