Ostermeier Prairie Center was formed from a 29-acre farm tract that includes a barn, pond, and century-old farmhouse. While the main portion of the Garden is set out as trails, the Ostermeier Prairie Center offers pasture and cropland restored as examples of the prairie found in central Illinois during pioneer days.
Lincoln Memorial Garden was founded in 1936 by the intiative of Harriet Knudson. Selecting property surroundint the then newly created Lake Springfield it was Knudson that gained support from Springfield officials for this project and famous landscape architect Jens Jensen that designed the garden. Danish born Jensen is one of the most famous of the landscape architects. Jensen worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and was of the Prairie School of landscape architecture.