Showcasing the unique contributions and achievements of Illinois plant breeders in a beautiful and educational setting, the new Heritage Garden will exemplify the University’s pre-eminent status within the developing global "green industry." The Heritage Garden promises to be a horticultural destination like no other in Illinois.
The creative talents of a team of University of Illinois alumni are contributing to the unique promise of a new space called the Heritage Garden. Robert Milani, senior landscape architect for Chalet Landscape, led a design team including Steve Boss, Clarence Davids & Co.; Ryan Kettelkamp, Kettelkamp Landscape Architecture; Kurt Pflederer, Clarence Davids & Co; and Mark Webster, Chalet Landscape.
This element of the gardens is immediately adjacent to South Lincoln Avenue and will be viewed by thousands on a daily basis as they travel past in their vehicles and walk along this major north/south corridor into campus and the community. These gardens also provide a ‘taste’ and invite the visitor in the garden.
Guests will enter the 160-acre Aboretum through the Gateway Center, where they can learn more about the gardens that await them. The new Heritage Garden will provide a fitting gateway to the Arboretum, and a setting for transformative learning experiences in the plant sciences, the arts, and landscape design—while simultaneously serving as a welcoming focal point for visitors to the University.
While also being highly visible from South Lincoln Avenue, this area of the garden serves as the gateway for all visitors to the Arboretum. All visitors to the Arboretum, Idea Garden, Noel Welcome Garden, Japan House and Hartley Trial Garden will pass through these elements of the garden.