Friday, September 16, 2011

It's going to be WILD (the parking lot, that is...)

Environmental responsibility is part of the Y's mission, and in just a few weeks it will be part of the parking lot too!

Valerie Sivicek designed the native planting plant and Jenni Kotting rendered into diagrams and sections as seen above.

With the help of environmental student groups, Red Bison and SECS, the University YMCA is about to plant a native border along the west side of their parking lot! The long 3-feet-wide strip was formerly an unsightly gravel and weed mixture while the building was under construction. Volunteers will plant the entire area with a mixture of flowering perennials and grasses that can thrive even in poor soil and dry conditions.

The native grasses will offer texture and height against the fence while shorter plants will hug the asphalt closest to the parked cars. Plants include:
  • Allium cernuum, Nodding Wild Onion
  • Bouteloua curtipendula, Side Oats Grama
  • Heliopsis helianthoides, False Sunflower
  • Liatris pycnostachya, Blazing Star
  • Penstemon digitalis, Foxglove Beardtongue
  • Schizachyrium scoparium, Little Bluestem
  • Silphium terebinthiniaceum, Prairie Dock
  • Sorghastrum nutans, Indian Grass
  • Sporobolus heterolepis, Prairie Dropseed

Stay tuned for photos of the planting!

1 comment:

Kasey said...

1 vote for the addition of aspargus. Who's with me?