Project Proposal- E. Wyatt

On Reclaiming Ohio Wesleyan’s Student Garden: converting a neglected weed patch into a sustainable green study space

 

Project Participant(s): Evelynn Wyatt

 

Description & overview of project: I will be creating a plan and proposal for the creation of a perennial garden and green study spcae in the vacant green lot behind the observatory. I will submit a garden design blueprint, specific plant list, and written project description to B and G. This plan and proposal will be submitted to B and G during this semester and planting will ideally begin in the spring.  I will be relying heavily on the guidance and information provided by Dustin Braden, an OWU student who created a student garden at his high school, and Dale Miller, the owner of Miller Nursery who has a great deal of experience working with garden design in the Ohio climate. I will be applying for a SIPP grant to fund planting and outdoor furniture/garden fixtures. I will also be using SLU House Funds and will likely market the garden as an OWU community outreach program. If the project is approved I will be seeking student volunteers and will hopefully find an underclassman capable and desiring of continuing work and maintenance on the garden upon my graduation.

 

Outline of project:

My final project will consist of the following items:

-Copy of B and G proposal

-Copy of SIPP Grant Application(s)

-Garden Layout Plans

-Plant List

-Project Goals and Next Steps Document

-Plan for Continued Maintenance of the Garden

The above will be bound in a binder and I will create a visual presentation of the above work I’ve finished this semester.

 

Annotated bibliography

“Calm active and focused: Children’s responses to an organic outdoor learning environment,” Sonya Nedovic, Anne-Marie Morrissey

The authors of this study found that children exposed to organic/natural learning environments experienced “richer imaginative play; increased physical activity; calmer, more focused play; and positive social interactions.” I would use this resource and other peer-reviewed studies in order to bolster my proposal for B and G as to why and how this garden would benefit students.

 

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/easy/tough-as-nails-perennial-garden-plan/

This source provides a garden design plan that relies heavily on perennial plant species. It includes a plant list and a physical blue print and is only 12×12 feet in area which would make it an excellent fit for the space outside of the observatory.

 

https://www.ilonasgarden.com/how-to-garden-in-ohio/

This source provides a wealth of information about Ohio soils, climate, precipation, and wind patterns. It also lists plant recommendations and tips for maintaining an Ohio garden during the winter months.

 

http://www.cotswoldgardeningschool.co.uk/student-success-cotswold-gardening-school.html

This site provides links to a variety of garden projects that have been successfully carried out by college students. It will provide a good place for me to begin with sketching/laying out the space.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/caroline-knight

This is the blog of a current garden design student and it contains a wide variety of useful posts about beginning gardening.

 

https://longwoodgardens.org/gardens/browse-all-gardens

This garden hires college students to design, create, and maintain its gardens. This is another useful source for providing inspiration and specific plant ideas.

 

http://www.sustainableaged.org/projects/student-farms/

This organization provides a list of all current student gardens across the U.S. I will focus on looking at the Midwestern gardens to determine what species and layouts have worked best for this area of the united states.

 

https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/20-perennial-vegetables

This source was recommended to me by Emily Howald. It contains a list of perennial vegetables that typically do well in all climates and need little maintenance. Adding vegetables to the perennial garden could increase overall appeal.

 

https://ofbf.org/2013/02/06/top-edible-picks/

This was another source recommended by Emily and it contains a specific list of Ohio edible perennial plants. It also contains contact information for several Ohio garden writers and nursery owners that I could potentially reach out to.

 

http://inhabitat.com/7-easily-propagated-fruits-for-transforming-your-backyard-into-a-food-forest/

This source was also provided by Emily and it contains a variety of fruit plants that are perennial and require little maintenance. I beleive ruit would provide an even greater incentive for student use than vegetables.

 

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