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Featured Plant: Paperbark Maple

Common Name: Paperbark Maple Scientific name: Acer griseum This tree is loved by everyone, be it children playing with its flaking bark or a city arborist loving its durability. It has bright red fall color, a rich green leaf, a unique form, and its naming feature, the cinnamon colored paperbark. This plant can be found […]

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Bugs, Bacteria, and Fungus, oh yum!

Bugs, Bacteria, Fungus: Scary things when you read them out of context, but the combination of these three things and the soil structure is what makes all the difference in landscapes.  Without these organisms underground, there would be no healthy plants above ground.  Bugs: The extremely unscientific term used to make the headline for this […]

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Fast Facts about Cultural Trail Irrigation!

Ethan, Cultural Trail Horticulture Manager Ten Fast Facts about The Cultural Trail’s Irrigation system All 5 acres of gardens along the Trail are watered with drip tube irrigation. That covers the entire Trail.  Each hole in the drip tube emits 0.26 gallons per hour, no matter the water pressure.  Just like a home, the water […]

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Why are there still leaves on the Trail?

Ethan, Cultural Trail Horticulture Manager I am aware of the leaves,  I am not above raking the leaves, I am not even too lazy to rake the leaves. Here are 5 reasons there are leaves are on the trail:  What’s the rush? We all look forward to different parts of the year. A good snow […]

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Featured Plant: Little Henry Sweetspire

Common Name: Little Henry Sweetspire Scientific name: Itea virginica ‘Sprich’ LITTLE HENRY Recognizable right now for its deep, bright red color, Little Henry will bloom fragrant in the spring with flowers up to 6 inches long. It is a compact, tough plant that is beloved by pollinators of all types. Can be found on the […]

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Featured Plant: Aster ‘October Skies’

  October Skies Aster is a midwest nativar selected for its low mounding form and profuse flowering. It is one of the last perennials to bloom, blooming from late August through October, and is well worth the wait. These blooms can be found on the 800 block of Massachusetts Avenue. And now that we have […]

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Teen Works + The Cultural Trail

This summer, ICT, Inc. is lucky to have 13 central Indy high schoolers working with us to maintain the Trail and help manage the bikeshare program. TeenWorks is a program for selected high schoolers to gain professional experience and college readiness training throughout the summer. Since 1981, TeenWorks has provided real world work experience, college readiness […]

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Swarm Street Live!

In early June, ICT, Inc. had a naturally-occuring Swarm Street with a swarm of honeybees making its way along the east end of Mass Ave. on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail (all things big and small love the Trail’s flower beds). We called in beekeeper Kate Franzman, owner of Bee Public, to safely remove and re-home these perky pollinators. She so […]

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IN Bloom: Roses

Roses have been a popular addition to gardens for at least 5,000 years. Throughout history, roses have been used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, as a source of perfume, and even as legal tender. Today’s gardeners can choose from thousands of varieties and forms of roses, from elegant tea roses, to climbing roses, to […]

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Bioswales: Sustainability Along the Cultural Trail

Beyond its intrinsic value as an active transportation and recreational asset for residents and visitors, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail plays a big part in the greening of downtown Indianapolis. More Planters, Less Runoff Before the Trail, there was concrete, inherently impervious and a collector of automotive pollution, which runs off to stormwater drains and ultimately, […]

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