Serenity in the city

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[Image: Ball Residence Hall with Ball Gardens to the back of it. The iconic fountain and statue is in the center, with stairs leading down to it.]

[Words appear: IUPUI presents]

[Words appear: Situated behind Ball Hall…]

[Image: Walkways and paths surrounding the fountain in the garden area. Eskenazi Hospital can be seen in the background.]

[Words appear: …is where you'll find IUPUI's beautiful and historic Ball Gardens.]

[Image: Ball Hall in the distance with lots of greenery and trees in front.]

[Image: Black-and-white photograph of Ball Hall with Ball Gardens to the back of it.]

[Words appear: The garden opened in 1934…]

[Image: Black-and-white photograph of nurses in the 1950s sitting around the fountain in Ball Gardens. The statue is prominent, and Ball Hall can be seen in the distance.]

[Words appear: …and was created to be a therapeutic green space for nursing students.]

[Image: A close shot of the fountain in Ball Gardens in winter. The grounds, statue and fountain are covered in snow.]

[Words appear: In the center of the garden is where you'll find "Eve"…]

[Image: Present-day photograph of statue, with water from the fountain blowing near it.]

[Words appear: …though her nickname is Flo, for Florence Nightingale.]

[Image: Black-and-white photograph of nursing students at a celebration in the garden in the 1950s.]

[Words appear: The garden became the setting for School of Nursing milestone ceremonies …]

[Image: Another black-and-white photograph of nursing students at a celebration in the garden in the 1950s. Some students are on top of the statue, dressing her up. Several other students are standing in a circle around the statue, and others around the garden area, watching and clapping.]

[Words appear: …including graduation, capping, pinning and Senior Day activities.]

[Present-day photograph of IU School of Nursing students posing in a group around the fountain and statue.]

[Words appear: The garden was officially restored in 2016.]

[Image: Walkways and paths surrounding the fountain in the gardens area. Eskenazi Hospital can be seen in the background.]

[Words appear: It contains nearly 10 acres of green space …]

[Image: A covered walkway along the garden grounds.]

[Words appear: …including beautifully designed gardens, fountains and walking paths,]

[Image: The back of Ball Residence Hall, with Ball Gardens in the foreground. The iconic fountain is in the center, with stairs leading down to it.] ST: I can't see any stairs.

[Words appear: …which makes it the perfect place to study or have lunch.]

[Screen goes to black]

[IU trident appears]

[Words appear: IUPUI]

[Words appear: Fulfilling the promise]

[Words appear: iupui.edu]

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Ball Gardens was once the setting for IU School of Nursing milestone ceremonies, including graduation, capping, pinning and Senior Day activities. Video by Samatha Thompson, Indiana University

Looking for a quiet place on campus to escape the hustle and bustle of city life?

Head west on New York Street until you arrive at Ball Hall. Hidden behind the residence hall is a quiet oasis, filled with walking paths, green space and a beautiful fountain.

The sunken garden, known as Ball Gardens, is the celebrated historic site of hijinks and shenanigans amongst nursing students studying at the IU School of Nursing in the 1940s and '50s.

The garden opened in 1934 and was designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm, the same firm that designed Central Park in New York City.

Recently restored to its former glory, the garden is now a tranquil setting, perfect for lunch with friends or when you need a quiet place to prep for exams.

Watch the video above to learn more about Ball Gardens.