The APSU Botanical Garden was established in 2010 by Dr. Estes and his graduate students. The garden boasts more than 300 native plant species and is used for teaching and research. The 3,000 ft2 garden is located just outside the back entrance of the Sundquist Science Complex directly adjacent to the APSU Greenhouse and The Think Tank.
Going into its third year, we have mulched the entire garden area, have completed a trail system, have erected an arbor, and soon will be acquiring two benches to construct quiet sitting areas for students and faculty to enjoy the garden.
The garden's primary focus at this point is on rare or uncommon plants that are mostly restricted to prairies, rock outcrops, glade, and cliff communities though we also have plenty of the common species represented as well.
Upcoming plans for the garden include expansion to approximately 350 native species, the construction of a large rock complex to simulate a limestone cliff or ledge community, a shale outcrop garden, a sandstone cobble garden, a small prairie garden, and a woodland wildflower and fern garden. We also plan to put up interpretive signs for visitors.
If you would like to volunteer to work in the garden we can use all the help we can get. Please contact Dr. Estes, Director of the Herbarium and Garden, or Garden Manager, Kelly Anderson, to help as a volunteer or for other inquiries.