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Many organizations as well as many homeowners nurture and protect extensive native prairies and gardens in Edwardsville.

Micro Forest & Pollinator Patch
138 Park Drive, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

In March of 2021, on this 2 acre parcel of land, we planted 300 native trees throughout the site. In November 2022, we added a pollinator garden, 12 feet by 30 feet. We are adding a bee hive in April 2023.

Dunlap Lake Common Area Community Pollinator Gardens

In partnership with the Dunlap Lake Property Owners Association, resident volunteers have created a series of pollinator gardens to enhance and mitigate various common area sites around our lovely lakeside community.   East Lake Common Area 2, West Lake Common Area 1 and Barnett Common Area 3 have been targeted to address wetland and hillside erosion issues.    

Plantings of native trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials have been beneficial not only as a nurturing habitat for insects, caterpillars, butterflies, moths and bees … but have also enhanced the overall shoreline health of Dunlap Lake, a vital far-reaching community watershed.

439 East Lake Drive Edwardsville IL 62025

Clock Tower Garden

The Clock Tower Garden is a tiny pocket park location in the heart of downtown Edwardsville. Although small in size this garden is mighty at heart. These plants are working overtime to thrive in the harsh elements of an urban environment.

228 N. Main Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Watershed Nature Center
1591 Tower Ave, Edwardsville, IL 62025

The Watershed Nature Center is home to more than 40 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and grassland habitats. The Center features paved hiking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, outdoor recreation, and enjoyment of native habitats for Edwardsville and surrounding communities. We are dedicated to improving our park to ensure our community has everyday access to nature.

SIUE Community Teaching Garden

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's (SIUE) Community Teaching Garden was established in spring 2021. In our six garden beds, 2 small raised beds, and a Three Sisters Garden, we grow produce including peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and more. Through the garden, nutrition and dietetic student interns aim to promote food sustainability, provide nutrition education, and contribute to reducing food insecurity within the university community by providing free fresh produce.

Fuller Dome garden
SIUE Edwardsville, IL 62026
Liberty Courtyard

During the 2021-22 school year, Liberty Middle School raised money to do a courtyard makeover.  The students and staff of Liberty transformed the courtyard into an outdoor learning space.  The courtyard now consists of separate outdoor classrooms, a native garden, a pollinator garden, and two murals that read "Show Your Pride" and "You Are Loved".

Historic LeClaire - City of Edwardsville
741 Troy Rd, Edwardsville, IL, 62025

This is a collection of gardens located in the historic LeClaire neighborhood of Edwardsville. These gardens got a complete overhaul in 2022.  Native plants make up a majority of the design and were chosen with a high contract color pallet to catch the eye or those driving by.