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  • 2021 Garden Show

    Lewis and Clark Community College's curated summer garden show, Here Comes the Sun, is a home-grown invitation full of optimism and hope after a rough year for guests to return to campus. With an abundance of bold, cheerful blooms and breezy grasses, this year's show promises to turn the college's Godfrey Campus into a pollinator paradise.

    For the first time ever, the show was not only planted but also designed in house by L&C Gardener Katie Piper.

    This year's show includes several pocket gardens, featuring many pollinator, nectar and host plants, spread across the Godfrey campus and focuses on the importance of planting gardens that are beneficial to our local ecosystem.

    • The Living Wall, a crowd-favorite located outside the Hatheway Cultural Center, will be full of bright colors, lots of texture and include fuchsia, which has a unique flower that hummingbirds love.
    • The Grove and Bosque will be bursting with bright pink, orange and purple blooms that attract pollinators – great opportunities to capture photos of winged visitors.
    • The Fountain Court container gardens feature drought-tolerant foliage and butterfly-favorite flowers. 
    • Rivers of Color may be considered the highlight of the show with its raised beds containing a tropical prairie of overflowing grasses, foliage and blooms with some unique specimens tucked into the lush mix.

    Here Comes the Sun garden show map
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    Here comes the Sun is the Monticello Sculpture Gardens’ 9th annual curated garden show. Previous shows have included 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 tours are available by request Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Interested parties should email Horticulture Manager Ethan Braasch at to reserve a time.

    Young visitors should check out the Gardens Scavenger Hunt for fun activities to enjoy while touring the gardens.

    Scavenger Hunt

    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, and the Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation, Dave and Sharon Braasch, and Joe and Linda Stevens of Market Basket. 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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