The Need for Private Support
In 2007, The Gardens' design team, comprised of SIUE administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members, completed The Gardens master plan. The enhancement of The Gardens at SIUE ensures this important cultural resource is enjoyed and appreciated by thousands of visitors and fully utilized by the SIUE community. No state funds are allocated to implement the plan; therefore, enhancements to The Gardens rely on private funding.
In addition to creating a wonderful destination, private support will provide service-learning experiences for students, enabling them to participate in the growth and development of an emerging community asset. Students across disciplines will benefit from the opportunity to work on management, engineering and science projects that are immediately applied in The Gardens. These real-world experiences will prepare students to contribute immediately to their employers and communities upon graduation.
Its designation as a Missouri Botanical Garden Signature Garden raises the stature of The Gardens and will make the campus a true destination for local citizens and visitors, including many who previously were not engaged with the University. These new visitors will add to the economic vitality of the region. At the same time, community residents will enjoy the benefits of a premier public garden and related activities in their community. Private support will also ensure that The Gardens remains a free resource, open to everyone who wishes to strengthen their connection to nature.
The Gardens provides a rare opportunity to support education, the environment, the community and the future.