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The Gardens of Matter Park - Marion, Indiana


1 Matter Park Cir Marion Indiana 46952
(765) 662-9931
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Explore the Beauty of the Gardens of Matter Park

Marion, Indiana is home to a century old park, located on the north side of town and comprised of 110 acres of towering trees and green areas along the Mississinewa River. Originally owned by the Matter Family, the seed donation of 30 acres was gifted to the city in 1892, and has been making memories ever since.

In 2008, the Mayor of Marion, Wayne Seybold and Doug Darga, of the Parks Department, decided to redirect 6.3 acres of the park to create a showcase of aesthetic beauty. Doug designed the entire garden space from the water features, to the garden structures, and the construction of The Garden House. The Gardens of Matter Park were created . . . and a ‘sense of Place’ was born. A Place where weddings are experienced and remembered, a Place where reunions and graduations are planned months in advance, a Place to visit and create a memory
for tomorrow.

Today, the gardens have become a regional Hoosier garden showcase exemplifying the community’s spirit and dedication. The extensive and effective use of Proven Winners plants have earned the gardens the prestigious designation as a Proven Winners Signature Garden.

“The City of Marion takes pride in having a Proven Winners Signature Garden in our very own back yard. The Gardens are nestled in the century-old Matter Park and offers that desired sense of place for our residents and visitors.
There are only a handful of professional gardens across the world with this prestigious classification. I’m grateful to have the Gardens of Matter Park as one of the main focal points of our fine city, and I thank former Mayor Wayne Seybold and the Parks Department for their hard work in designing and executing such a wonderful attraction.”

Jess Alumbaugh
Mayor of Marion, Indiana

“Come experience The Gardens of Matter Park and find your place to
create a memory. To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow.”
Doug Darga, Director, Marion Parks and Recreation




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