The UMD Entrance Landscape Gardens were installed in fall 1998 and
spring 1999 by UMass Dartmouth faculty, students and Grounds personnel.
This hands-on landscape project was the main focus for students of the course
"Plants and Landscape:
Theory and Practice in Service to the University," taught by Professor Jim Sears,
Department of Biology. Botany and horticulture were integrated with a major hands-on
student learning experience in campus landscaping. Additional contributions to planting
these gardens were made by students in Sears' courses "Plant Survey" and "Horticulture",
and "Landscape and Garden", taught by Donna Huse and Peter London during fall, 1999.
The gardens were designed by Sears in summer 1998 with contributions from
members of the UMD Landscape Committee, from students in several university classes,
and from several regional landscape designers. The stone walls were begun by
students and completed in the winter of 1998 by members of the UMD Grounds
personnel on the foundation stones placed by students.
Support for this UMD Entrance Landscape class project was provided
by William Bulger, President of the University of Massachusetts, in an award
to the University from his FY 1999 President's Reserve Fund for Campus Beautification.
These UMD Entrance Gardens are dedicated to all of the student and
staff workers who have made this significant contribution to their university,
to the surrounding community, and to the environment. These gardens have helped
to create a welcoming entranceway to campus and will be enjoyed by others for
generations to come.