427 E. Furness Rd., Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 465-3586
Fax: (219) 465-3640
Brincka Cross is a small haven set back in the woods, just waiting to be explored. Lovingly designed by Bill Brincka and Basil Cross, the gardens are filled with countless treasures. William Brincka, professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, put his artistry to work over decades designing the nearly 4 acres of gardens on this 25-acre site. Brincka was passionate about gardening and actualized his sense of art and design by creating a landscape filled with pleasing colors and shapes. Each plant was carefully chosen to create a sense of delight and wonder. In addition to importing plants from around the globe, he was a successful hybridizer who created new species, many of which can still be found in the gardens today. There are daylily and rhodedendron gardens and over 40 varieties of magnolias. Over 200 kinds of hosta grace the hosta garden near a screened tea room. In springtime, many varieties of forsythia brighten the gardens and thousands of daffodils light the nearby woods. Over the years experts and enthusiasts have from across the country came to marvel at the gardens. Brincka also taught others to cultivate new varieties of plants, and his talents live on in the efforts of his students. Porter County Parks & Recreation purchased the Brincka Cross property after Basil Cross's death in 2006. Since then, the parcel had been expanded to 71 acres. The garden and home are now open to public. Nearly two miles of trails wind through the woods behind the gardens. The house may be rented for small gatherings, parties, retreats, or meetings and outdoor weddings are popular in the gardens. Guided tours can be scheduled in advance April-October. Parking is limited.
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Standing tours are the second Sunday of the month or by appointment. There are also 1.5 miles of trails through the gardens and woodlands at this 71-acre park. More here: www.indianadunes.com/eat-play-shop/recreation/brincka-cross-gardens
427 East Furness Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
Hours: Dusk to Dawn