The gardens are designed to meet the instructional needs of courses and programs on campus, and are used as the location and subject matter for research projects. The Botanic Gardens are aesthetically beautiful, diverse and well-maintained gardens and constructed wetlands. Highlights include our collections of hardy peonies, lilies and roses; natural areas; a wide variety of aquatic plants; herb garden; fabulous annual displays each year and much more.

The Gardens are comprised of three phases spread over 25 acres and are populated with a wide ranging collection of prairie hardy plant material, both native and ornamental. The most established parts of the garden are the Central Portion opened in 2002. The third and most recent phase of our Botanic Gardens is the East Portion which contains the Constructed Wetlands, opened in early September of 2013.

The three phases when considered together include naturalized landscapes, specialty gardens, walking trails, demonstration plots, an arboretum and 20 constructed ponds. The area is complete with two public gazebos, an amphitheater and event areas. The Botanic Gardens & Constructed Wetlands has the ability to host weddings, reunions, graduations, workshops, and boasts 1.3 kilometers of trails throughout the gardens and wetlands.