Mandala Gardens

Created by Greg Reid and Diana Tigerlily, Mandala Gardens is the manifestation of a decades-long dream of creating a botanical wonderland, a space of beauty and holistic sanctuary for all living beings to enjoy. Visit and share in the tranquility and contentment of the gardens.



Garden Features

This family-owned, 7-acre creative farm and botanical haven features herbs and heirloom vegetables, greenhouses, circular garden designs, a cordwood chicken house, ducks, goats and other abundant wildlife, woods, picnic areas, quiet pathways, meditative sitting spots, a scenic pond, photogenic backdrops, an 80-foot diameter stone and grass labyrinth, a stone bridge and sculptures, metal, ceramic, and tile artworks by local and internationally known artists.

Art Works

Featured in NYT and O Magazine, stone sculpture Thea Alvin’s original stone structures ``Infinity Arch`` and ``Moongate`` can be found at Mandala Gardens along with Carey Netherton's metal sculpture ``Talisman``; Kendra Stenger's 23-ft diameter ceramic mosaic ``Circle of Ritual Wonderment``; and Safaa Abd El Salam's (Egypt) mosaic table top and benches. An Amish-built 30-ft diameter screened-in Gazebo features electricity, a ceiling fan, 2-gas fireplaces, and polyvinyl windows installed in the winter to keep in the heat.

Photo Shoots

No reservations are needed, but beyond personal “tourist” photos, Mandala Gardens offers a fee schedule for photo shoots.
- professional photographer’s fee - $20/session: senior, family, engagement, pregnancy, etc.
- prom/homecoming - $5/student: no entry fee for any family member taking photos that day.
- weddings: $50: for couples not married at Mandala Gardens
- filmmaking/art projects: fee-based on scope and duration

Outdoor Venue Rental

Host your shower, party, or event at Mandala Gardens for $50/hour. Have your wedding ceremony anywhere on the grounds between 8am-10pm for a flat base rate of $100/hour. This includes existing garden chairs, tables, and 6-8ft. folding tables. Rent tents, additional chairs, and portable restrooms (one ADA restroom onsite).

Contact Information

1704 North State Street, Marion, IL 62959 | (618) 889-9228 | |

Daily 8am-8pm (dusk)

Entry is $2/person – all contributions grow into the gardens.

Tips for Mandala Gardens

Live Music – Follow Mandala Gardens for food truck and Live music events such as “An Evening in the Garden” with Ivas John.

Make it a Date – This tranquil and beautiful retreat offers the perfect opportunity to create your own peaceful and unique experience.  Bring your yoga mat, lunch, wine, cheese or pack an assortment of brushes, paints, canvas, and let nature take care of the rest.

Mandala – Stone sculptures grown in circular designs are called “mandalas” meaning “sacred circles” in Sanskrit.


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