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Botany Garden Expansion

The Botany Garden, a green and fragrant oasis in a sea of buildings and traffic, became a larger, more welcoming sanctuary after expansion. The half-acre botany garden, situated along University Avenue between Chamberlin, Birge and Lathrop halls, became more than double in size to 1.2 acres. It gained a new planting scheme, a central plaza, benches, a pond with bridge and waterfall, a dry riverbed and other features. The new, expanded garden feature trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and annuals with more than 500 species representing over 140 families and 40 taxonomic orders of plants from all over the world. Most of the plants have been planted according to their taxonomic classification, making it easier for people to identify plants according to their genetic relationships to one another.

This site provides a chronological sequence of pictures documenting the garden's development.