Community Gardens on Campus

Lamar University has two community gardens on campus: the LU Community Garden and the South Park Community Garden.  Come join us at either one for a day of fun, sun and work.

LU Community Garden

LU students work in the gardenLocated between the tennis courts and the Student Health Center. At this garden, volunteers grow flowers and other plants to beautify the campus.

This is an awesome place to have lunch at the picnic table or watch a tennis match and cheer on the Cardinals.

If you would like more information on volunteering or would like to learn more about the garden, you may contact the department and follow us on Facebook.

South Park Community Garden

LU students work in the garden

The South Park Community Garden, located on the northwest corner of Jimmy Simmons Blvd and Vermont Street, Beaumont, Texas, is a partnership between the South Park community and the Lamar community.

South Park Community Garden’s mission is to improve community health:

  • Physically by increasing accessibility of fruits and vegetables as well as providing education on nutrition and food preparation.
  • Socially by providing opportunities for fellow-ship, education and opportunities for the disadvantaged.
  • Economically by developing a sustainable local food system.

The South Park Community Garden provides fresh healthy food for anyone, brings diverse people together and provides education empowering the community to grow its own healthy food.

Native Gardening

Most gardens and lawns need regular upkeep: watering, weeding, seeding, spraying, mowing...  But an easier way, that's also better for the environment, is gardening with native plants.

Native plants provide food and shelter for birds, bees and other wildlife. Also, plants that occur naturally in a region are uniquely adapted to the local climate. After a little initial help, they mostly take care of themselves without pesticides, fertilizers, or irrigation. Less mowing also means fewer carbon emissions. 

For more information, visit a native garden center,

St Julian's Crossing http://www.stjulianscrossing.com/,

the Native Plant Society, and A&M's Texas AgriLife Extension Office https://jefferson.agrilife.org/.

If you would like to donate to the garden, please contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117, (800) 880-7742, or foundation@lamar.edu.