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Only philanthropic support can transform The Gardens at SIUE into a major educational and cultural resource which will enhance the quality of life in our region. Private gifts will transform an existing arboretum into a destination botanic garden, which will attract regional visitors and support the academic and social life of the University.

Currently, The Gardens at SIUE is a 35-acre living laboratory dedicated to supporting the educational and research mission of the University. The master plan creates a public garden featuring spectacular horticulture, event spaces, areas for social gatherings and contemplative gardens. Environmental sustainability and stewardship are cornerstones of The Gardens' vision, providing a unique opportunity to research and implement innovative green technologies.

Endorsements of The Gardens include a Green Thumb award for civic engagement by the City of Edwardsville and Signature Garden designation from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The latter affiliation promotes partnership activities and provides SIUE staff access to the expertise of the renowned 150 year-old institution.