The Gardens at SIUE Master Plan was prepared by Terra Design Studios of Pittsburgh. Terra's landscape architects gathered information from The Gardens design team, which included SIUE faculty, staff, and students and members of local communities, using an iterative design process. This process of gathering information, designing, sharing the design, requesting feedback, then refining the design resulted in a long range master plan that will culminate in a dynamic public botanical garden.
MASTER PLAN NARRATIVE
Read headings clockwise beginning with the Pinetum Parking Lot on the Master Plan Diagram.
1. PINETUM PARKING LOT - Existing pines provide the setting and screening for landscaped visitor parking lot.
2. DELYTE MORRIS BIKE TRAIL - The trail links The Gardens to the Madison County Transit system of bike trails.
3. VISITORS CENTER - A prairie style building designed for beauty and function will serve as an entry and orientation point for visitors and provide spaces for educational classes and earned income opportunities.
4. WELCOME GARDEN & LAWN - The gardens surrounding the visitors' center set the stage for horticultural display within The Gardens proper.
5. TREETOP BRIDGE - The Treetop Bridge crosses through the tree canopy and over Delyte Morris Bike trail to connect the visitors' center to The Bloomin' 'e' Terrace.
6. THE BLOOMIN' 'e' TERRACE - The Bloomin' 'e' Terrace is a gathering point before entering the Scholar's Walk and suitable as an event space.
7. THE SCHOLAR'S WALK - The Scholar's Walk is a lively reinterpretation of a traditional university walled garden and relates to the iconic landforms of the Stratton Quadrangle. The five garden rooms within the Scholars Walk relate to the college experience and has five garden rooms including The Garden of Beginning, The Garden of Friendship, The Teacher's Garden, The Class Memorial Garden, The Garden of Passage.
8. THE PINNACLE - The Pinnacle is the culmination of the Scholar's walk. Arbors and seat walls in a garden setting offer the visitor views of the Great Lawn and the Hardy Family Wind Forest.
9. THE SHADE STROLL GARDEN - Nestled into a natural wooded hollow, the Shade Stroll Garden is organized along an accessible path and features three garden rooms: The Whispering Bench, The Council Circle, The Cascade Glen and Contemplation Pavilion.
10. THE FAMILY GARDEN - The Family Garden will mix environmental education and play in an exciting setting for both children and adults.
11. OVERLOOK GARDENS - The Overlook Gardens provide a contemplative setting and overlook the pond below.
12. GREAT LAWN - The Great Lawn is suitable for large events, will contain a garden feature(s) (fountain, sculpture, or similar), and is surrounded by a Perennial color garden.
13. PAVILION IN THE PINES - The Pavilion will provide a break station (restrooms and drinking fountain) that overlooks the east end of the pond and the existing bridge.
14. CONTEMPLATION GAZEBO - The Gazebo provides a peaceful garden destination near the far landing of the existing bridge.
15. HARDY FAMILY WIND FOREST - The Hardy Family Wind Forest was dedicated in September 2006. A gift to The Gardens by the Rita Hardy Family, the Wind Forest features Kinetic Sculptures designed by artist Lyman Whitaker.
16. LINEAR ROAD GARDENS - The Road Gardens are intended to be viewed by passing motorist, but also provide a buffer from traffic for The Gardens Visitor.
17. IDEA GARDENS - Idea Gardens provide a location to create unique display gardens.
18. THE AMPHITHEATER - The Amphitheater will lie gently within the landscape and takes advantage of the natural surroundings and creates an outdoor performing arts and event space.
19. EDWARD CHASE GARVEY FOUNDATION SUN GARDENS - The Sun Gardens are a gift from the Edward Chase Garvey Foundation and are undergoing renovation to create four themed gardens.
20. ORNAMENTAL GROVE & BULB DISPLAY - This Grove features flowering trees under-planted with flowering bulbs to a colorful season-long display.
21. PRAIRIE DEMONSTRATION GARDEN - An existing prairie will be improved and display native North American grasses, forbs, and perennials.
22. WILDFLOWER IN THE WOODS WALK - The Wildflower in the Woods Walk will showcase native North American woodland plants. One acre is being restored to native woodland. The restoration is a cooperative effort between The Gardens at SIUE and SIUE Faculty, Staff, and Students and made possible thanks to The Meridian Society.
23. THE AMPHIBIAN AND REPTILE MARSH HABITAT - Surrounded by the Wildflower walk, the Marsh Habitat is a wetland ecosystem home to frogs, toads, ducks, and more. Features for this site will bring people into touch with water.
25. EVENT LAWN - The Event Lawn provides open space for events and relaxation.
26. WEDDING GARDEN - The Wedding Garden is a unique display garden and may include structures suitable for hosting a variety of events.
27. DONAL MYER ARBORETUM - The Arboretum will feature native North American trees and shrubs.
28. MAINTENANCE CENTER (HORTICULTURAL SUPPORT CENTER) - The Horticultural Support Center includes space for staff and volunteers to gather, storage of tools, and yard space for mulch and compost.