The Scholar's Walk
The Scholar's Walk is a lively reinterpretation of the traditional university walled garden with a series of sub gardens designed for exploration. A series of sinuous landforms - the form relates to the iconic remnant landforms at the campus core (the Stratton Quadrangle).
Spaces within the Scholar's Walk are complex, views are multidirectional, creating a layered experience which allows visitors something new to discover.
There are five garden rooms within the Scholars Walk:
The Garden of Beginning - A burst of sunshine and floral color greets the visitor at the entry to the garden creating a vibrant display that recalls the excitement of beginning the college years.
The Garden of Friendship - Lush shrubbery, a bosque of ornamental trees, and a grouping of canopy trees create a sense of intimacy in the Garden of Friendship and evoke the restorative power of friendship.
The Teacher's Garden - Bright planting beds and sparkling water create an ebullient mood in this niche garden, which celebrates and honors the role the teacher plays in the university experience.
The Class Memorial Garden - Rolling beds create a swell of earth and grassy foliage while trees create patches of moving light and shadow. This garden is an opportunity to honor alumni contributions.
The Garden of Passage - The landforms become more dynamic; naturalistic planting call to mind the surrounding natural grassy slopes and canopy forests characteristic of the beautiful SIUE campus. A fountain cascades into a basin and light sparkles off the water, celebrating the rite of passage - the next phase of life.