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Campus Gardens

Administration Gardens

Two major landscape improvements have been made to the west (back) entrance of the Foster Administration Building area. The Administration Parking Area stairway was landscaped in 1994 and the Administration Building Garden at the immediate back of the building was designed and installed by UMD students in Sears and Huse�s Landscape and Garden Class in fall, 2001.

Administration Parking Area

This stairway entrance to the upper level of campus is off the southwest corner of the Foster Administration building. For years, before 1994, this area was without any trees, shrubs or flowers. Students often complained about the grayness of the environment and the lack of landscaping. Stairway from the parking area on the south side of the Administration building was an unwelcoming sight for prospective students and their parents making inquiries about UMD. In fact, the entire southern area of this building was unwelcoming and rather unsightly prior to these first plantings. Later, in 2001, the Landscape and Garden class of Sears and Huse designed and planted this southern exposure (see Administration Building Gardens). The plantings by the stairway, designed by Jim Sears and the University Landscape Committee, were installed in 1994 by students and Grounds Personnel. The shadblow and arborvitae soften this entrance and stairway to the upper quad as they help bring the architecture into human scale. Costs of this planting were less than $1000 and were provided by the Facilities and Grounds budget. Beds on each side of the stairs have dark green American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Nigra') and shadblow (Amelanchier canadensis). Rhododendrons and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii 'Black Night') border the bottom of the stairway, with underplantings of several low growing evergreens. Inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), mugo pines (Pinus mugo) and flowering Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) border the stairs in the planter leading to the upper level.

Administration Building Garden

Administration Garden - Foster Administration Building
Designed and installed in 2001 by Huse and Sears' Landscape and Garden class, the garden at the southern and eastern ends of the Foster Administration Building was the last major campus landscape project done by this class before these professors retired. As in previous years, about 6 student groups developed and presented their designs to the whole class. Through consensus processes students and Jim and Donna integrated parts of each design into a coherent whole and a planting design and plan was established. During the same fall semester, students did the stonework of the sitting areas, (the campus mason formed and built the small sitting area) and planted all the trees and shrubs listed below. Some of the trees were planted in the island of the parking lot as well in the major garden beds.

The principal goals were to: a) create a welcoming landscape to this building; b) to reduce the heat load to the southern exposure of the building by planting trees that will grow in stature over the years; and to provide places to sit, socialized, lunch etc. for visitors, students and employees. We also wanted to create a vegetation screen of the parking lot as seen from the building while creating a pleasant, partly secluded space close to the building.

List of Plant Material for the Administation Garden:

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