The Indiana Insider Blog

These Indiana towns are GREEN all year ’round.

On the occasion of Earth Day, it seems appropriate to shed a little light on several of Indiana’s “green” cities.

Greencastle – Located in Putnam County on the west side of the state, Greencastle is the home of DePauw University.  Visit the university for arts or athletic events, or explore the miles of trails in the school’s Nature Park.  Other destinations in and around Greencastle include English’s Buffalo Farm, which offers farm tours by appointment; Hilltop Orchids where visitors to the greenhouse will see gorgeous orchid blooms all year round; and for those who are serious hunters, Trophy Club Outfitters.

Greenfield – On the east side of Indiana, located in Hancock County, Greenfield is the site of the James Whitcomb Riley Home and Museum. The Riley Museum complex includes gardens maintained by the Hancock County Herb Society. Gardens the Society maintains include a butterfly garden, kitchen bed, pixie garden, ornamental bed, pioneer bed, rose arbor, sundial bed, and thyme bed. Greenfield is also home to the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

Greensburg – Located about one hour south of Indianapolis, Greensburg is known as the “tower tree city” because of two trees that are growing out of the top of the Greensburg Courthouse.  A visit to downtown Greensburg is a celebration of small-town America and visitors to the area will also enjoy taking in the views of Amish barns, round barns and iron bridges.

Greenwood – A southern suburb of Indianapolis, Greenwood pre-empts the nation’s birthday with the Greenwood Freedom Festival, which will take place this year on June 25-26. The city also has a variety of trails and greenways for those who wish to walk, run or bike.

Do you have a favorite “green” city in Indiana? Tell us about it.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.