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SDSU - McCrory Gardens Visitor Center

Brookings, South Dakota

Confluence assisted with the master plan for McCrory Gardens in Brookings. Originally developed as a formal garden in the 1960’s, the site was named in honor of Professor S.A. McCrory who headed the horticulture department at South Dakota State University from 1947 until his death in 1964.

The guiding goals of the master plan were to create a site adjacent to the visitor center that would be an extension of the interior space and support the program of the facility while creating a meaningful, memorable space. The plan incorporates sustainable design principles and sensitivity to the existing gardens while providing for potential future building expansion.  Additional requirements of the design include pedestrian access, parking lot design, utilization of the landscape to create a buffer from adjacent retail stores, and preserving service access to the existing garden maintenance facility. The plan also called for identification of the gardens as an entity of SDSU and the inclusion of a proposed Children’s Garden.