The landscape outside the Computing & Communications Center on the Ag Quad got a major upgrade, thanks to students in Nina Bassuk‘s and Peter Trowbridge‘s course, Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design, and Landscape Establishment (HORT/LA 4910/4920).
Earlier, the class tore down the pair of sod sofas created in the front of the building by Marcia Eames-Sheavly‘s Art of Horticulture class last fall. They spread the compost used as the foundations of the sofas to help improve the soil for the trees and shrubs they planted Tuesday.
This spring, the ‘Urban Eden’ class is also taking on a major project in the courtyard at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Because of the sheltered location and shifts in the USDA’s hardiness zones, that planting will feature many species more often found in landscapes farther south. More about that later.