Jackson's Garden

A garden oasis

The eight-acre Jackson’s Garden, the country’s oldest campus garden, is a perfect haven for a study break, with its herb, flower and evergreen gardens, a creek, sculptures and a gazebo. Begun in the 1830s by Professor Isaac Jackson of the Mathematics Department, the garden drew the admiration of esteemed visitors such as John James Audubon, and evolved into a sweeping retreat for both students and faculty, and remains a favorite campus spot to this day. Students put on performances, sketch, paint and do yoga in the garden, which is a certified wildlife habitat.

Fun fact: The brook referenced in the College's alma mater—the Hans Groot's Kill—flows through Jackson's Garden.

A fall view of Kappa Gate, the official entrance to Jackson's Garden
Jackson's Garden hula hooping young women
A view of Jackson's Garden
Students stopping on a bridge spanning the Hans Groot’s Kill
A student painting a canvas will seated on the ground in Jackson's Garden.