The Horticulture Gardens at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus are a source of knowledge and beauty for students and visitors, alike.
The gardens are a living classroom. There, university classes meet, student workers and volunteers get hands-on training in garden maintenance, and visitors learn about garden plants and gardening techniques.
And the gardens are a retreat. Their beauty and soothing atmosphere make them as much a place to enjoy as to learn.
In just under half an acre, the gardens display a wide diversity of plants, including over 300 cultivars of annual flowers and garden vegetables. Vistiors can see how cultivars perform in side-by-side plantings featuring many new cultivars.
Since the gardens were established in 1982, collections have grown to encompass nearly 200 species of perennial flowers and foliage plants. Special collections include peonies, daylilies, hosta, spring-flowering bulbs, and ornamental grasses.