Nestled within a scenic nature preserve, the
121-acre Inniswood Metro Gardens is a continual source of inspiration
for Central Ohioans of all ages. Streams and woodlands filled
with wildflowers and wildlife provide a majestic backdrop to the
beautifully landscaped flowerbeds, rock garden and lawns.
Dedicated to the
enjoyment, cultivation and preservation of nature’s treasures,
Inniswood boasts more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty
collections and several theme gardens including the rose, herb
and woodland rock garden.
will enjoy the seasonal beauty of the gardens and natural areas
as they stroll along two miles of trails and paved pathways.
Metro Gardens was once the 37-acre estate of sisters Grace and
Mary Innis, who enjoyed gardening and wildlife observation respectively.
The Innis sisters’ desire to preserve and enhance their
gardens and woodlands for the enjoyment of all people resulted
in the generous donation of their home and property to Franklin
County Metro Parks in 1972.
To honor the memory of Grace and Mary Innis,
Metro Parks opened the 2.8-acre Sisters’ Garden in 2002.
Designed to celebrate the complexity of nature and the inquisitiveness
of childhood, The Sisters’ Garden aspires “to nurture
the nature of the child in everyone”.
offers education in horticulture and the natural sciences for
children and adults. Dramatic displays of natural and cultivated
gardens, seasonal celebrations and a variety of programs provide
a wealth of information and enjoyment. The sister’s former
home is the site for education programs, a horticultural reference
collection and staff offices.