• Budding Masterpieces
  • 2022 Garden Show

    Lewis and Clark Community College's curated summer garden show, Budding Masterpieces, will explore the world of fine art through botanicals.

    This year's show includes several pocket gardens, each featuring a different artists, artwork, or style of art represented through foliage textures and bloom colors.

    • The Living Wall, a crowd-favorite located outside the Hatheway Cultural Center, will transport visitors into Andy Warhol’s Factory, while they take in an interpretation of pop art, bursting with color.
    • The Rivers of Color garden, leading to the Overlook Pond, will be filled with "waterlilies" reminiscent of those featured in Claude Monet’s impressionist paintings.
    • The artwork and spaces created by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama are behind the bright polka-dot filled garden at the entrance to the Hatheway Cultural Center on the west end of campus. 
    • Sculptor and Metalsmith John Medwedeff’s bronze sculptures “Bloom,” located at the north entrance to Wade Hall in the Main Complex, has inspired a tropical foliage fest that will give this year’s visitors and tourists a warm welcome.
    • New this year, The Bosque, outside Hatheway, will feature a pocket garden installed by L&C’s College for Life program for adults with developmental disabilities.




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    Budding Masterpieces is the Monticello Sculpture Gardens’ 10th annual curated garden show. Previous shows have included Here Comes the Sun (2021), Golden Jubilee (2020), SENSE-sational Blooms (2019), Bicentennial Blooms (2018), Solar Flair (2017), Gardens through the Looking Glass (2016), Garden of Eatin’ (2015), Bee-Dazzled (2014), and Menagerie in Bloom (2013).

    The gardens will be open for self-guided tours from June through September. In addition, free, guided group tours will also be available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tours run about an hour and include a history of the campus and information on the sculptures featured in the gardens. The tour is walking intensive, and covers about 1/3 of a mile, mostly downhill. A golf cart is available upon request on a first-come, first-served basis for guided tours only. Interested parties should email Horticulture Manager Ethan Braasch at to reserve a time.

    The gardens are supported by generous donations made by private donors and groups including the Village of Godfrey, Joan and Charles Sheppard, Tri-County FS, Inc., Ball Horticultural, Josephine’s, L&C Student Government Association, John Medwedeff, Alton Community Service League, Monticello College Foundation and its alumnae, the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation, Pfund Construction, Dave and Sharon Braasch, Joe and Linda Stevens of Market Basket and Pride, Incorporated. Technical assistance and permanent installations have been provided by the Missouri Botanical Garden, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Godfrey Women’s Club, and the family of Mrs. Peg Schmidt.

    To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the gardens, contact the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation at (618) 468-2011.

    The Monticello Sculpture Gardens are a signature garden of the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

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