Rebuilt historical arbor brings beauty to Oakhurst Gardens

Rebuilt historical arbor brings beauty to Oakhurst Gardens

Posted by: Hannah Whiteman    |    Friday, March 15, 2013

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March 15, 2013

Rebuilt historical arbor brings beauty to Oakhurst Gardens

Muncie, IN– Minnetrista gardeners and grounds team have already begun preparing campus for the spring season. One significant project to cross off their extensive ‘to do’ list is the rebuilding of the arbor in Oakhurst Gardens.

Oakhurst Gardens has been home to many arbors throughout the years, the first one constructed soon after the George A. Ball home was finished in 1895. The arbors, always located along the pathway near the Minnetrista Parkway entrance, have great historical significance. The first few arbors were prominent features in the gardens when the Ball family resided in Oakhurst, changing from a rustic style arbor to a more polished design later on. The newly-rebuilt arbor replaced the last one, which fell in 2011, and is made of untreated cedar.

The arbor not only brings beauty and historical significance to the space, but is also a popular setting for brides and grooms to have their photo taken. Minnetrista gardeners plan on growing a historic, climbing rose, Phyllis Bide, next to the arbor, to create a unique and secluded space over time. 

Minnetrista gardens and grounds are always free of charge for visitors to enjoy the flowers, hidden pathways, and historical sculptures sprinkled throughout. Come and see the new arbor for yourself and maybe even stop to take a photo or two this summer underneath its sprawling covering.

Minnetrista thanks the George and Frances Ball Foundation for funding that made the rebuilding of the arbor possible.

For more information on Minnetrista gardens and grounds, visit or call (765) 282-4848. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the most up to date information on our exhibits and programming.  

Located along historic White River, Minnetrista includes 40 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway. Minnetrista serves East Central Indiana with dynamic community activities and exhibits that honor and reflect its natural and cultural heritage. For more information about Minnetrista, visit


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