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The Gardens at SIUE, Edwardsville

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The Gardens at SIUE is a botanical garden on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). They originated as an arboretum and occupy a 35acre tract of the university's 2660acre campus at Edwardsville, Illinois. They serve a twofold function as a living laboratory dedicated in support of the educational and research missions of the University and as a place of beauty for the university community to share with the general public. In light of this duality, The Gardens' master plan calls for the creation of a "public garden featuring spectacular horticulture, event spaces, areas for social gatherings and contemplative gardens" to be continuously enhanced over the coming years. The Gardens at SIUE is recognized by the Missouri Botanical Gardens as a "Signature Garden."HistoryIn April, 1990, Donal Myer, dean of the former SIUE School of Sciences announced that planning had begun for the creation of a campus arboretum, to be sited north of the parking area for the Tower Lake recreation area. The arboretum had been a part of the plans for the university from its beginnings but nothing had been done until Frank Kulfinski, professor of Environmental Sciences, suggested that it was time to start. Following Dr. Myers' death that August, the SIU Board of Trustees named the arboretum in his honor, and Dr. Kulfinski became its first director.In the ensuing years, the tree collection was broadened and diversified, and the arboretum saw much use as both an educational tool and as a recreational destination for the SIUE community.In the late Nineties, funds were raised to further develop the site. Among the improvements, a permanent sign was erected and a bridge was built across Turtle Pond. In 1998, the Donal G. Myer Arboretum was rededicated.
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  • Plenty of parking; follow around to a separate parking lot - no need to park on the road. LOTS of couple take pictures there for special occasions. The bridge over pond, the limestone seats built into...  more »
  • Outstanding gardens, come and visit with us especially on Tuesday mornings. There is a Shakespeare Garden, several garden walkway beds and much more.  more »
  • If you live around Edwardsville and are looking for a beautiful and FREE place to take some photos (whether it be for an engagement, graduation, prom, anniversary, etc.), The Gardens at SIUE is a wond...  more »

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