In 2004 Professors Ben Marsh and Mark Spiro initiated the first food-producing garden on campus in the area behind what is now the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment (BCSE). Originally consisting of a dozen raised beds, this garden now also contains apples, grapes, berry bushes and a three-bin composting system. This organically maintained food garden serves as a teaching tool for Professor Marsh's Food and the Environment course.
In the summer of 2007 the landscape around the BCSE underwent a radical transformation. Through the support of a Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Environmental Internship, Saskia Madlener '08, 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 50 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 created a water garden at the eastern edge of the backyard native plant garden as part of the BCSE's stormwater management plan.
Expert gardener Paul Epsom focused on the BCSE's native plant gardens during a recent segment of "Home and Backyard" on WNEP TV. View the complete Garden Guide to learn about the many different species that live in the garden.
To learn more about the history and evolution of the BCSE gardens, read the narrative "How Does Our Garden Grow?" by Ella Tazuana Johnson '17.
To view photos of our gardens, see our photo galleries below:
The Bucknell Arboretum grew out of a biodiversity survey of the Landscape Team of the Comprehensive Environmental Assessment. Under the direction of Professors Mark Spiro (biology) and Duane Griffin (geography), this initial survey blossomed into a concerted effort to map, identify and measure more than 1700 trees. The Bucknell Arboretum web page contains a wealth of geographic, historical, and ecological information including the characteristics, economic uses, biogeography and invasive status of each species.
A full scale ecological restoration of the upper reaches of Miller Run, the campus stream originating in the University's golf course, was undertaken between 2011 and 2015. As part of that effort, several hundred feet of piped stream were unearthed and daylighted, and over 50 species of native plants were seeded in newly constructed wetlands and riparian buffers.Millers Run Species List (pdf)
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