Native Plants Garden at the BUEC
Expert gardener Paul Epsom focused on the BUEC's native plant gardens during a recent segment of "Home and Backyard" on WNEP TV.
In the summer of 2007 the landscape around the Bucknell University Environmental Center underwent a radical transformation. With a Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Environmental Internship, Saskia Madlener ’08, in collaboration with faculty advisors Dina El-Mogazi, Craig Kochel, and Peter Wilshusen, researched, designed, and installed a low maintenance native plants garden for the center’s property. Volunteers from the Bucknell and Lewisburg communities helped to plant and water the garden during one of the hottest, driest summers in recent memory. The garden contains over 30 species of trees, shrubs, and perennials native to the region, and has replaced the majority of lawn on the property. A central feature of the design is a small pond, which contains native aquatic plant species and attracts scores of songbirds on a daily basis.
In 2012-13, Katie Kramer '13, in collaboration with faculty advisor Dina El-Mogazi, created a water garden at the eastern edge of the backyard native plant garden as part of the BUEC's stormwater management plan.