At strategic planning sessions, community concerns have been voiced about the loss of plantings of native and drought tolerant vegetation on campus, particularly along borders, walkways, and between buildings and lawns. There has been a noticeable change in the campus landscape from individualistic, eclectic groupings of plants to patterns of bluegrass sod, river cobbles/mulch, and generic shrubs. This has had a negative impact on the aesthetic effects of our campus landscape in addition to hindering faculty who make use of the campus landscape in their courses. We should work towards maintaining more gardens like the ones at Hulbert House and Packard Hall at a variety of locations on campus.
The Steering Committee decided to send this idea to the Distinctive Place of Learning committee to be considered as an initiative as part of the strategic planning process.