A garden space opportunity exists here in front of the University Center.
Container gardening in front of James Hall.
3. Gardens for the Arts
The garden development within this area will unite the campus arts buildings with the
University Center and Student Services facilities. The gardens throughout this area will
strive to integrate artwork and public displays into the landscape. Garden development
will focus and evolve around art, with placement opportunities at key nodes, pathway
junctions, and other appropriate areas within the landscape. Plantings will also support
and frame areas for outdoor performances and classroom activities. Simple placement of
evergreen hedges as backdrops and exploration of all types of ground covers will be
- Incorporate collections of shrubs, both evergreen and deciduous, that can be used as
hedges and for definition of space. This is necessary to provide settings unique to
outdoor sculpture, lectures and performing arts.
- Incorporate flowering perennial and groundcover "fields" at base of artwork
focal points to reduce maintenance as well as provide a unique ground plane treatment
appropriate to the specific artwork pieces.
- Incorporate strategic placement of container gardening at building entrances.
- Gardens should support art classes which study light, texture, and color in the
landscape. Strategic locations of perennials and shrub borders will be important for these
- Placement of sculptural specimen trees as focal points along walkway and garden spaces
will provide interest and character.
- Thematic gardens should be developed in niches within this landscape zone. Thematic
gardens to consider for this area include:
- Shakespeare's Garden
- Monet's Flower Garden
- Sculpture Garden
- Drama Garden
- Waterlily Pond Garden
- White Garden
- Texture Garden
A moderate level of maintenance is anticipated for this Garden zone. Plants will be
selected for their ease of maintenance and durability.
Lawn maintenance is important to this garden, but not critical.
- Hedges will need close attention for pruning and fertilizing.
- Leaf litter in ground cover beds and around artwork will require cleaning up.
- Lawns under tree areas can be mowed less frequently.
- Container gardens will need close monitoring for water in the summer. These containers
should have winter and summer character.
- Irrigation is important for lawn areas in front of buildings.
- "Dirty" trees that stain objects should be evaluated prior to artwork
Acer palmatum/Japanese Maple
Corylus avellana/Harry Lauder's Walking Stick
Crataegus marshalli/Parsley Hawthorn
Osmanthus fragrans/Sweet Olive
Eucalyptus cinerea/Silver Dollar Tree
Shrubs for Hedges
Buddleia alternifolia/Butterfly Bush
Ilex latifolia/Lusterleaf Holly
Podocarpus macrophyllus/Japanese Yew
Camellia sasanqua/Sasanqua Camellia
Hibiscus syricus/Rose of Sharon
Cryptomeria japonica/Japanese Cedar
Bambusa sasa pygmaea/Dwarf Bamboo
Gardenia jasminoides 'Prostrata'/Dwarf Gardenia
Ligularia tussilaginea/Leopard Plant