The Southern Indiana Botanical Society (SIBS) was formed as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in 1994 by a public-spirited group of gardeners to:
- Increase the awareness and appreciation of gardens and native landscapes
- Create public gardens for all to enjoy
- Provide educational opportunities on gardening and environmental concerns for adults and children
Since its beginnings, SIBS has offered lecture series on gardens and gardening as well as tours of local and regional gardens. Most importantly, SIBS has gardens at Mount Saint Francis in Floyds Knobs and Silver Creek Township Community Park in Sellersburg, located in Floyd and Clark Counties respectively in Southern Indiana.
Our gardens at Mount Saint Francis include the Garden of Remembrance, Entrance Garden, Native Woodland Wildflower Garden, and Native Prairie. With emphasis on native plants, the gardens are set in a meandering naturalistic woodland, meadow and lakeside setting. The gardens are part of a conservancy and retreat center located in Floyds Knobs, Indiana.
SIBS also maintains a garden at the entrance to the Silver Creek Park in Sellersburg. The plantings of grasses, perennials, and roses are a good examples of the types of plants that can survive a wet spring and hot, dry summers.