The first phase of the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Display Garden began this spring with the construction of a shade garden. Weather delayed the beginning of construction, but the students working on it hoped to have it finished and in use by the end of summer. The garden replaces three old greenhouses destroyed a year ago between the French Administration Building and the Ensminger Pavilion.
Landscape architecture students working on the project are led by associate professor Phil Waite. The project gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience with a client (WSU) that they design for, present plans to, complete all construction detailing, and coordinate with facility operations to maintain the area afterwards.
So far, the students have poured 6.75 tons of concrete (much of that was lifted at least twice by students, once on to the truck, then off the truck and into the on-site mixer), and spread 32 tons of gravel and 20 cubic yards of compost-topsoil mix.
“Some students were really into designing while others were more into the plant and materials selection. This is probably one of the best junior classes we’ve had,” said Waite.
Overall, the project will take four to six years. The second phase will finish up the shade garden and perennials. The third phase features a native garden along the hillside with sun-loving plants and a rock garden, while the fourth phase completes the project with the planting of a grass garden.
Learn more about the Display Garden
A Trace of History: LA Students to Design, Build Display Garden – from the 2007 issue of Connections.
An overview of the project: http://www.hortla.wsu.edu/hladg.html.
Learn more about Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at WSU
Grow the Future
Waite said that by reusing and recycling materials, and with students donating their talent and labor, the cost of constructing the garden will be about $5,000 per year for the next five or so years. However, the future development of the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Display Garden depends on donations from alumni and other friends. “We’re looking for donations of plant and construction materials as well as good old fashioned cash,” said Phil Waite. For more information about making a donation to the garden, please contact Phil Waite.
By Mia Parry, Marketing, News, and Educational Communications