Minnetrista means “gathering place by the waters”, in this case the White River that flows through Muncie in central Indiana. Minnetrista is also the name of the home of the F.C.Ball family, the folks who gave their name to Ball jars, Ball State University and the I.U. Health Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
I visited Minnetrista in July of 2012 not just to see the Ball Mansion and to view antique canning jars, but also to visit with Horticulture Manager Dustin Stillinger and see the extensive gardens and natural areas at Minnetrista that he manages.
Dustin gave me a wonderful tour of the Minnetrista campus on a pleasant morning in July of 2012. While the formal themed gardens were gorgeous and meticulously maintained, what really caught my attention was the natural area and the numerous green infrastructure features were designed into the landscape–not added as an afterthought.
Below are photographs I took that day of just a few of the striking landscape features to slow down and infiltrate rainfall.
The green infrastructure features are both functional and attractive.
Sometimes a bit of grey infrastructure can be turned green.
Dustin Stillinger and his staff should be justifiably proud of the thoughtful and gentle way they care for the land at Minnetrista.