In 2007, The Gardens’ design team — composed 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 enhancing our 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 immediately contribute to their employers and communities upon graduation.
Private support also will ensure that The Gardens at SIUE 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.
Only philanthropic support can transform The Gardens at SIUE into a major educational and cultural resource that 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.
Endorsements of The Gardens at SIUE include a Green Thumb award for civic engagement by the City of Edwardsville, and a 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.
Other ways to give include gifts-in-kind, memorials and estate planning. For more information about planned giving, please contact Jeff Brown at (618) 650-3331.
Edwardsville Rotary Club
When the Edwardsville Rotary Club invests in the community, it looks for projects that members can nurture and grow into a lasting resource. In 2010, the group found the perfect home to sow its mission of serving the Edwardsville area: The Gardens at SIUE.
Thanks to a financial gift from the 85-year-old service organization, gifts-in-kind from members and more than 100 hours of Rotarian volunteer service, The Gardens at SIUE is now home to the Prairie Portal Garden.The one-acre garden is the first large-scale display installed as part of The Gardens at SIUE master plan. Located at the intersection of the main path and what is known as the Prairie Loop, it’s the latest enhancement to the campus’s 35-acre living laboratory, which has been recognized as one of three Signature Gardens of the Missouri Botanical Garden.