Gardens are never static and the Grounds Dept. always has something new and interesting going on.
August 14-16 The landscape beds along the building will get a complete renovation, starting Aug14th. The new planting will include herbs, espaliered fruit trees, flowering plants and a variety of native plants. Where there was once a monoculture Laurel hedge will be a lively garden, changing with the seasons and offering tasty treats.
August 5-9 Late summer is the time for R&R for the grassy field that hosts students, dogs, summer kids' camps, neighborhood picnikers and many others all year long. The field will be aerated, top-dressed with compost and sprayed with compost tea and humic acid, all treatments that are part of our organic, non toxic method for maintaining healthy turf.
The sloping and flat sections of the lawn on the east side of the Learning Commons will also receive our renovation treatment
July 31- August 7 For safety reasons, the rock-lined pathway between Campion and Chardin will be permanently closed and filled in with ferns and flowering shrubs.
Ongoing Before replanting
this landscape bed, the very invasive ground cover, Aegopodium or Bishop’s weed is being removed. A long period of laying fallow is required to ensure that this plant will not regrow in the landscape.
Ongoing Here another very aggressive plant was overtaking the landscape. This species is a native horsetail, Equisetum hyemale, not a plant that belongs in a small landscape bed! When the removal is complete, the bed will be replanted with culinary herbs and some space for annual vegetables.
Ongoing The usual grassy plantings of the rain garden have bloomed into a "food for all" vegetable plot as the renovation continues. In the fall, new plantings of trees, shrubs and ground covers will go in when the invasive Reed Canary Grass is deemed to be GONE!
In addition to upgrades in the landscape, gardener Ben Williams installed a beautiful lantern to welcome strollers in the Tea Garden tucked into the northeast corner of Campion.
The Chardin Community Garden was reinstalled earlier this spring with the help of club members from Sustainable Student Action. All plots are assigned at this time and the gardeners are ready to grow some food!
Recently, gardeners Ben Williams and Patty Wright renovated the planters that line the south and west sides of the Student Center. Sounds like any other gardening task, except that these very narrow planters are hanging off the second floor of the building. Fall protection gear was in order and all operations were done "roped in". Its a very successful planting, with lots of native pollinator-friendly plants.
A meadow planting was designed and installed by gardener Laura Schiltz, using colorful pollinator-friendly perennial amidst native and ornamental grasses. A gravel path leads you deeper into the garden where the pond and secluded lawn are a haven for birds and humans alike!
Six large evergreen trees were moved to new sites on campus from the southeast corner of Logan Field. Big Trees Inc was contracted to dig and transplant the trees. Their new homes are on the west side of Connolly and in the lot to the south of the Broadway Garage. In addition to the trees, the Grounds Dept salvaged many smaller plants that will be added to various landscapes throughout the campus.
See the results of SU's participation in last February's bird count.