14 Ways To Refresh Your Spirit in Brown County, Indiana
#9 See gardening as art
In Brown County, gardening is art, and art is gardening. One flows into the other in patches that flourish beside galleries and artists' studios.
Cheri Platter's paintings of flowers on her pottery (left) improved when she started growing them. She says, "There's something satisfying about working in clay; it's the same in the garden, when you have your hands in the dirt."
Small gardens bloom next to many shops and homes. Public gardens can be explored at Brown County State Park's Nature Center, the Brown County Public Library and the T.C. Steele Historic Site.
Selma Steele, T.C. Steele's wife, had a passion for flowers. She had been a painter before she moved to Brown County, but after she arrived, gardening became her focus. The Steeles transformed their hilltop acreage into elaborate gardens and orchards. The gardens, now partially restored, erupt into riots of blooms around their home.