Azalea Path Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, a nonprofit and privately owned facility, is nestled on the Gibson and Pike Counties border in southwestern Indiana in a town called Hazelton. What began with 15 acres and a few azaleas and perennials in 1979 has grown to include over 50 acres and more than 2,000 azaleas plus a large variety of unusual plants and native Indiana trees. Although tiny in size compared to most other arboretums, this specialty arboretum and garden concentrates on… you guessed right… Azaleas. The upside to this being a private company is that admission is free! So anyone of any proficiency and background can come and enjoy the resplendence in the summer, spring or fall for no cost!
Two spring-fed lakes, a waterfall, a Koi pond and several unique chainsaw sculptures complement the beautifully landscaped trails that wind throughout the grounds. Azalea Path has, veritably, the largest collection of Azaleas in the country to greet you with as well.
It all started with a brilliant woman: back in 1979, Ms. Beverly Knight took an overgrown forest and magically created a gardener’s piece of art. Knight, along with her husband Steve, was inspired by the different and stunning gardens she encountered as a driver for UPS and eventually began collecting starts of small plants and tall trees from customers on her routes. She became acquainted with noted azalea hybridizer, Dr. Henry Schroeder, and thus began what is now one of the largest collections of azaleas in the Midwest. She, in essence, made history for the state of Indiana, which can now brag of a seriously impressive collection of Azaleas and other flowers and trees. The Azalea Path now hosts 37 out of the 38 hybrids of Schroeder Azalea plus the complete collection of Buddy Lee Encore Azaleas.
Azalea Path features:
- 300 different varieties of azaleas
- a variety of unusual trees and shrubs from Europe and Asia
- native and exotic shade and flowering trees
- lush lakes and habitats
- a large and a small lake
- a rushing waterfall
- a magnificent Koi pond
- several fountains
- numerous tree and wood sculptures
- an amazing statuary
- a stunning arbor
- a barn
- an historic house
- a pine grove
Should you be in southwestern Indiana or passing through, be sure to make the renowned and beautiful Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Garden one of your more scenic stopovers! For more information, admission prices, hours (note: the Arboretum is closed from November through March), and more details, visit Azalea Path Arboretum at 1502 N. County Road 825 West in Hazelton, IN or call 812.354.3039.
Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Garden
1502 N. County Road 825 West
Hazelton, IN 47640