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  • Fall comes to the gardens.
    Still lots to see as the temperatures cool!
  • Amazing Aerial Footage!
    See the wetlands throughout the year from the air! See aerial footage on YouTube!
  • The Greenhouse Sales are back!
    New this week - hardy lily bulbs!
  • Greenhouse Sale takes the summer off.
    Check back in September for more great sales!


The Central Gardens are home to more than 20 specialty gardens and collections including the Rose Garden, Perennial Border, Monocot Bed and much more.  

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CENTRAL - Original Gardens

The first two phases of the gardens, established in 2002, have matured into a rich, diverse landscape home to many of our plant collections and specialty gardens. Much is concentrated in this 5 acre site, which stretches south from the Land Sciences building (base for our Horticulture Programs) past the James Murray Building (base for our Land and Water Programs). Garden areas have been created and planted, based on particular criteria for each. Geographical Collections display plants from a certain region; Ecological Collections showcase plants that inhabit a particular type of ecosystem; Taxonomic Collections are based on plant classification and evolution;

Theme Collections bring together plants based on their landscape or cultural uses. These gardens are as hard-working as the Treatment Wetlands, providing resources for courses and programs at the college, gardening information and inspiration for garden visitors, research opportunities, and of course a wonderful setting for campus staff.