The state budget battle has impacted social services, road projects, and public schools in Illinois and another side effect appears to be on a popular garden on the campus of SIU-Edwardsville. The Gardens at SIUE was recently turned back over to the school from the SIUE Foundation, and now the school is looking for outside help because of budget cuts.
A report in the Belleville News Democrat says the SIUE Foundation voted in May to cancel its lease on the property and turn it back over to the university. The Foundation had been caring for the Gardens since 2004, and it has become a popular place for photographs and even weddings. The Gardens are located on the northeast side of campus near the entrance to Cougar Village. Care of the gardens relied on volunteers and also a few employees from the university for lawn care and other maintenance but those SIUE positions have been cut due to cuts in the state budget. The school says it would like to see the Gardens continue and currently, the city of Edwardsville is surveying residents to gauge their interest in preserving the Gardens but the topic has not yet been brought before the city council.