Patience is the operative word when it comes to new gardens. But the payoff usually delivers a bounty of growth, fragrance and color. That’s the scenario sure to unfold around campus in the coming weeks as several experimental drought-friendly gardens take root and flower.
Under the guidance of the Mackenzie Crigger, sustainability manager at Chapman University, and Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance, several test gardens featuring low-water plants have been installed around campus. Look for them framing the parking lots at Marion Knott Studios, in the area under the live oak beside Memorial Hall and — quite soon — in front of Pralle Hall. If the gardens thrive and use measurably less water than other plantings, that landscape style will be expanded around campus, Crigger says.
“Our hope is that the first five gardens are well received, reduce maintenance and water use, and fit nicely into the pallet of the campus so that we can continue to add more native and California friendly plants as we go,” Crigger said.
Meanwhile, be sure to stop and smell the lavender.
Drought-tolerant landscapes take root throughout campus in new test gardens
Patience is the operative word when it comes to new gardens. But the payoff usually delivers a bounty of growth, fragrance and color. That’s the deal sure to deliver around campus in the coming weeks as several experimental drought-friendly gardens take root and flower.
If attractive drought tolerant yards, gardens and such can be successfully grown and cultivated, there will be a lot more residents, businesses and others who will get on the bandwagon. Currently, I feel that many homeowners are hesitant to start the process because as I drive through neighborhoods there are only a few examples of “attractive” drought tolerant yards to be found, at least from my experience. I always look out for attractive yards as I drive anywhere so I can get some ideas for my own yard. I think Chapman with all is properties in the area and landscape designers can really make a push to come up with new and interesting landscape ideas which can then be examples for the rest of us.
Fantastic! Plus, bees love the lavender and we desperately
need to help out the bees!