It’s not about us. It’s about enjoying the outdoors.
Earl and Dorothy Knapp started Sundown Gardens in 1949 by specializing in growing peonies and perennials for retail sales. They grew and cultivated plant material as cut flowers for purchase by special order. Over time, they decided to expand by selling the plants as specimens for homeowners to enjoy.
In the early 1960s, the Knapps realized there was demand for garden-related products, so they added a garden shop. Today, the garden center sells nursery plants, annuals, perennials, seed, fertilizer, garden supplies and seasonal holiday items.
In 1966, Stevan Knapp, Earl and Dorothy’s only child, started the landscape division. During these growing years, Earl was employed as the State Landscape Surveyor and later, worked for the Highway division of Dow Chemical Company.
After Earl passed away in 1969, Dorothy continued to oversee Sundown Gardens with Stevan’s assistance. Together Dorothy and Stevan grew the business and Sundown Gardens prospered.
To complete the full-service lawn and garden package Sundown Gardens offered, a landscape maintenance division was added in 1993. The service provides landscaping garden, hardscape and lawn services. To this day, the service customizes groundskeeping plans for client properties throughout Indianapolis, including Zionsville, Carmel, Westfield, Fishers and Geist.
In 1995, Dorothy and Stevan retired and a few long-standing employees took leadership of the company. The current owners, along with a dedicated team of knowledgeable and skilled experts, continue the Sundown Gardens tradition of expert knowledge coupled with quality installation and top-tier customer service.