The Gardens is a 35-acre public botanical garden on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Gardens includes natural areas, gardens, woodlands, grasslands, sculptures and walking paths. The area is an ever evolving space. Many visitors come to view the breathtaking scenery and volunteers work to enhance aesthetics and manage the area.
Oates Associates is currently working with staff at The Gardens, providing conceptual design services for a new amphitheater and pavilion. The amphitheater is being designed within the landscape to create an outdoor performing arts and event space. The pavilion includes outdoor seating, a kitchen, storage area, and restrooms.