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The original landscaping of the Residence Halls consisted of lawn, several islands of natural vegetation, several clumps of hawthorns, dogwoods, mountain laurel, rhododendrons and a few arborvitae near the buildings. These trees and shrubs were planted near sitting areas to provide gathering areas in scale with the surroundings, but the cement benches were seldom used and many were overgrown by bittersweet and poison ivy.
In the summer of 1991 several summer student employees cut back these vines and wild roses that were choking out more desirable vegetation, pruned trees and began new landscape plantings. We created an entranceway with benches along Ring Road, introduced more trees, shrubs and benches in the resident's hall quad and designed and built a terraced garden of Pennsylvania stone adjacent to the Health Office.
Students also cleared away undergrowth in the islands of natural vegetation and constructed a small council ring in the woods next to an old quarry where farmers had cut granite. Several pieces of stone remained buried and were recovered and were used for the benches of the circle. Other stone pieces were taken the previous year to provide sitting areas at the bus stop beds of the Centennial gardens.
Noteworthy plantings include a variegated 'Drummond' Norway maple (Acer platanoides 'Drummondii') and sweetgum tree (Liquidamber styraciflua) near the Health Office end of the quad. Students constructed the terraced garden on what used to be an eroded dirt and stone hillside. The plants in these terraces are draught resistant and include three types of grasses: tall maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis), 2-3' mounding fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) and the shorter blue fescue (Festuca ovina). Blue mist bluebeard (Caryopteris clandonensis) and Russian sage (Perovskia atriciplicifolia), also draught resistant, bloom in late summer.
At the other end of the quad, near the Housing Office, two Franklin trees (Franklinia alatamaha) were planted, the one to the right of the door has done well and produces its white flowers against a developing red foliage in September and October.
Some of the additional plants incorporated into the Resident's Hall plantings include: Arbor vitae, Japanese maple (Acer Japonicum) Lavalle hawthorn (Crataegus carrierei 'Lavallei'), Kousa dogwood (Cornus Kousa), Potentilla Euonyous alata 'Compacta' and Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) and the creeping blue rug juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Wiltoni')
The Campus Housing Authority provided about $5000 for stone, miscellaneous supplies and plant material.
Last Updated On: 2/25/04
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