38 things we love about Illinois: No. 24

Idea Garden
From venerable agriculture to the computer revolution, rare books to Round Barns, Homecoming parades to tunnel walks, these are a few of our favorite things about our favorite institution of higher education.

24. Idea Garden

Here was an idea—plant and maintain a 15,000-square-foot garden intended to promote environmentally responsible horticulture. Since 1997, the Master Gardeners of UI Extension have maintained Idea Garden as a catalog of plant life, browsed by those who enjoy making things grow. Flanking a wooden gazebo within University Arboretum, the garden abounds with vegetables, flowers, grasses and shrubs, in addition to a rose garden, berry path and children’s garden. It’s both pastoral and convenient, with a view of the Florida Avenue mansion where U of I President Timothy Killeen resides.

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