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About Us

The mission of The Gardens at SIUE is to create a venue of beauty and distinction that will support the educational and research components of the University; that will engage the public in educational opportunity and campus life; and that will provide a haven for relaxation and enjoyment for all.

The Gardens at SIUE, a Missouri Botanical Gardens Signature Garden, comprises existing woodlands, a pond, grasslands and an arboretum on a lush and rolling 35-acre site. The Gardens is a living laboratory dedicated to supporting the educational and research mission of the University. Environmental sustainability, conservation and stewardship are cornerstones of The Gardens' vision, providing a unique opportunity to research, implement and demonstrate innovative green technologies. Gardens, facilities and amenities feature renewable, recycled and sustainably produced materials.

The Gardens at SIUE is one of three of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens' Signature Gardens. To retain this designation, each garden is reviewed annually and must demonstrate proper horticultural display and maintenance practices, provide educational programs, and continue to evolve as a public garden.

Jane Drake Jane Drake, Director, joined The Gardens in January 2012. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Kansas State University and a M.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Prior to coming to SIUE, she was the Education Director for The Audubon Center at Riverlands in Missouri and owned and operated a vegetable and small fruit farm in Kansas. Ms. Drake is responsible for all aspects of Gardens development. Jane can be reached at (618) 650-3788 or thegardens@siue.edu
Dan Mueller

Dan Mueller, Park Supervisor, holds a B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. After a 22 year career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and several years as a small business owner, Dan was hired as The Gardens' first Park Supervisor in December 2011. Dan oversees the efforts of student workers and volunteers that help our gardens grow. Dan can be reached at (618) 650-3070 or thegardens@siue.edu

Contact Us:

The Gardens at SIUE
Box 1651
Edwardsville, IL 62026