Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

Lincoln Memorial Garden was founded in the early 1930s through the combined vision and efforts of civic leader Harriet Knudson and renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen. All the plants found at the Garden are native to the three states Lincoln lived in – Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. From the original 63 acres of woodland and prairie garden, today there is over 100 acres, with five miles of hiking trails, a visitors’ center and a prairie center complete with a century-old farmstead whose pasture and cropland have been restored as examples of a central Illinois prairie in pioneer days. Open sunrise to sunset. Photo: 1936, scouts planted acorns which today are mature oaks. [ info ]