Discover DeFries Gardens

Explore thirteen acres of ornamental flora and native plant collections.

Park Address

17477 CR 46
New Paris, IN

Directions to DeFries

Park Hours

Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec - 9 AM-6 PM
Mar, Oct - 9 AM-7 PM
Apr, Sept - 9 AM-8 PM
May-Aug - 9 AM-9 PM

Park hours subject to change without notice.

Nestled in the River Preserve County Park, DeFries Gardens is a reminder of our human connection to the environment. This 13-acre site was once a private homestead and hosts a 1880s Victorian-style home surrounded by perennial gardens and woodland plantings.

The DeFries property features several gardens throughout the year, and features the four-season Calendar Garden. This one-acre showpiece is a giant circular garden and flowering calendar. Its design features the solstices and equinoxes with unique structures marking each. Native and horticultural plantings follow the seasons throughout the year. A 365-foot circular path marks each day as it leads visitors through seasons of bloom.