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Horticulture Center


A place for horticultural research, learning and fun in the heart of Illinois State University and McLean county.


September is here, and that means it is time to say farewell to summer and kick off fall at the Illinois State University Horticulture Center's Autumnal Festival!


Saturday, September 17th  9am to 3 pm

Admission for the event is $5 (ages 13 and older); $3 ages 3 to 12)
free for ages 2 and under
some items are subject to small fees including hayrides for $1


                       Crafts by:
                       Children's Discovery Museum, Normal Public Library                              

                  A solar system themed CORN MAZE

                  HAY RIDES
                  CORN PALACE
                  Scarecrows on Parade
                  Scarecrow and Flower Container silent auctions


For Sale:

     Pumpkins, Cornstalks, Mums, Gourds, Baked Goods,  Slushies                  

                       Local vendors and booths:
                             Ecology Action Center - Larissa Armmstrong
                      University of Illinois Extension - Kelly Allsup
                      Pepper Pipers - Gabe and Candee Colbeck, PhDs.
                      ISU Glass Department
                      Furnace Urbini Glass Works - Matt Urban
                      Sibley Apiaries - Joe Sibley
                      Ponella - Sue Fish
                      EcoGeek - Emmi Chambers 
The Autumnal Festival is the Center's main fundraiser for the year and helps to support its goals of providing learning, research, and leisure opportunities for Illinois State students as well as the community.
The Illinois State Horticulture Center is located on West Raab Road in Normal across from the Corn Crib.                             





The Center provides a focal point and support for horticultural instruction and scholarship, as well as public demonstration and outreach. Community members can take part in our many events offered throughout the year. Our students are actively engaged in their experiences, and learn from top-notch faculty. Future development will entail a building that will contain classrooms, offices, labs, greenhouses and several gardens.

We appreciate the support we receive from alumni and donors. Your gifts are instrumental in helping the Center expand and continue to provide high-quality learning, research and facilities to students and the community.

For more information about these and other upcoming activities, contact Director Jessica Chambers at (309) 438-3496 or .



This video was generously made by Mr. Dan Swaney who came to visit the Center and gave his time to make this wonderful video for all to see!

Sculptures at ISU Video