SIU is a Garden of Beauty…Or “Thank a Grounds Employee”

I think that it must have been made clear that I love to walk the verdant, lush, Campus of Southern Illinois University.  It has been said, many times through the years, that SIUC is the loveliest Campus in the state of Illinois.

IMG_1759The Grounds Department maintains over 1,200 acres.  They also ‘provide snow removal, street cleaning, and parking lot maintenance,’ according to their web site.

IMG_1369IMG_0696Every day that I am privileged to walk the SIU Campus…I see Grounds Staff busily maintaining their handiwork!

IMG_1612IMG_1681 3The juxtaposition of our well manicured Grounds with our historic Campus Structures results in a Painting worthy of Monet or Vincent van Gogh.

IMG_1691 5IMG_1984 2IMG_0920 4The Grounds department does all of this picturesque work with a staff of under fifty full time and twenty-seven student workers.

They accomplish all of the Grounds maintenance as well as having a crew dedicated, daily, to moving furniture and equipment, and fifteen of the staff are trained in the removal of asbestos.

IMG_0995IMG_1684 3My friend and colleague, of many years, Elizabeth assists the Superintendent of Grounds, Dave, in the daily managing of the Herculean job that this well run department produces.

IMG_1969 4IMG_1547We have been to the United Kingdom twice.  Both times I could not help but admire the emphasis that the British place on their flower gardens… in their individual yards. SIU is unparalleled in the spectacular…peaceful…lush…beauty of its’ Campus.

Thank you Grounds Department!



8 responses

  1. Beautiful! We are off to England in two weeks – hope we find gardens half as charming!

    1. Thank you my friend.

  2. Mr. Brooks,
    Thank you so much for praising the efforts that my coworkers and myself have put into SIU campus, we greatly appreciate the recognition. You captured many pictures of campus in bloom gorgeously!
    -Erin Sweeney of SIU Grounds Dept.

    1. You are so welcome, Erin. It was my pleasure. 🤠

  3. The blossom is lovely, Bjay 🙂

    1. Thank you my friend. 🌹🌷🌻🌼💐🌞

      1. And for the flowers, Bjay 🙂 🙂

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