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Middlebury, Indiana: Giant Mushroom

The giant toadstool was originally part of a garden display built by Krider Nurseries -- a local business -- for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair.

Krider World's Fair Gardens

302 W. Bristol Ave., Middlebury, IN
Krider World's Fair Gardens. From Hwy 13/Main St., on the north end of town, turn west onto Bristol Ave. Drive two blocks. You'll see a sign on the right for Krider World's Fair Gardens; turn there. The mushroom is back in the trees.
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Giant Mushroom

Great find! We stopped here while going cross country on the bike and it made for a nice place to relax for a bit and stretch our legs. I really appreciated seeing the info listed for many of the native plants as well as the historical pieces that are artistically placed throughout.

[Tiffany Rochelle, 08/14/2019]

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Giant Mushroom

The Giant Mushroom is in the middle of Krider Gardens. So pretty there!

[Jen, 09/03/2015]

Giant mushroom.

Giant Mushroom

What a delight! The giant mushroom is only a part of the Krider World's Fair Garden - a wonderful side trip full of plants, sculpture and more.

[Tee1013, 06/29/2014]
Giant Mushroom

There seems to be a giant mushroom in a small park or picnic area, as well as a miniature windmill. They were originally designed by Krider Nurseries for display at the 1933/34 Chicago Worlds Fair.

[Hollito, 11/15/2013]

According to a historical marker out front, the "Krider's Diversified Garden" was moved back to its home base of Middlebury in 1935. The company eventually went out of the business and the garden fell into decay, but the town restored it in 1995.

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