Landscape Architecture is responsible for planning, designing and managing all aspects of site and landscape improvements for new construction and renovation of existing University facilities. Our staff is involved in the preparation of master, landuse and open space plans to assist in future development strategies for our campuses.

I hope our alumni will always insist upon retention of our precious islands of green and serenity - our most precious physical asset, transcending even classrooms, libraries, and laboratories in their ability to inspire students to dream long dreams of future usefulness and achievement - dreams that are an essential part of undergraduate college experience.”

—Herman B Wells, 1962
address to alumni.

Events

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    Grow Organic Educator Series
    6-9 pm
    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408

    Learn organic gardening from the experts and share your knowledge with the community in this organic outreach horticultural certification program, which covers everything from soil science to seed saving and everything in between. Complete the course and volunteer hours in a number of community projects to be certified as a Grow Organic Educator or just take the course for your own enrichment. Get gardening with GOES! Textbook and comprehensive reference notebook included in fee. There are a number of optional Saturday workshops and field trips scheduled. Class does not meet 11/26.

  • Lifelong Learning Week: Urban Agriculture, Opening Reception, Lecture and Garden Tour
    2 - 5 pm
    Sunday, September 7, 2014
    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408

    2:00-3:00pm: Opening Reception: Learn about the events to be held during the week, program offerings by sponsoring lifelong learning programs this fall, tour the gardens at Hilltop, and sample produce from the Edible Campus Garden and the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead. 3:00-4:00pm: Opening Address: GROWING FOOD SECURITY: THE ROLE OF PUBLIC GARDENS IN SUPPORTING URBAN AGRICULTURE Public gardens have increasingly come to consider community engagement and the support of sustainable horticultural initiatives as important to their missions. The talk by Dr. H. Michael Simmons, horticultural educator and chair of the Bloomington Food Policy Council, will discuss how public gardens in Bloomington and around the world can help encourage and facilitate the development of viable and vibrant agricultural projects for urban spaces. 4:00-5:00pm: Tour of the Special Gardens at Hilltop, including the new Phenology Garden, the Edible Campus Garden and Composting Facilities, the Shakespeare Garden, and the new Hilltop Orchard. Cost: Free Sponsored by Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition. Co-sponsored by Bloomington Community Orchard, Bloomington Food Policy Council, Free University of Monroe County, Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, and Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Historic Site. The Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition is pleased to announce Lifelong Learning Week 2014, with the theme of Urban Agriculture! Events will take place during the week of September 7th - September 13th. This year's theme was selected in coordination with the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences themester, "Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science." For more information on themester: www.themester.indiana.edu For more information on Lifelong Learning Week events: http://bloomington.in.gov/bllcSponsored by Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition.

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    Getting Started with Backyard Chickens
    1-3 pm
    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408

    Considering a small, backyard flock of hens but not sure how to get started? Have a flock but also wanting to know more information about your feathered friends? If so, this is the class for you! In this 2-part class series we will learn the ins and outs of raising chickens and look at the benefits of raising chickens in your own backyard. From having your own fresh eggs to enjoying “chicken TV” for pure entertainment there are plenty of reasons to be curious about this growing interest in having a backyard flock of your own. The first session will examine the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, and dealing with predators. The second session will focus on acquiring your chickens, flock health and behavior, everything you need to know about eggs, aging hens, dealing with weather extremes and more! Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center.

  • Composting Workshop
    5:30-6:30pm
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Historic Site, 2920 E 10th St, Bloomington, Indiana 47408

    The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Historic Site and Free University of Monroe County present a free composting workshop in celebration of Lifelong Learning Week 2014: Urban Agriculture! Learn how to recycle organic waste at home by converting it into a valuable soil amendment through aerobic composting.

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    Fall and Winter Gardening
    6-7:30 pm
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408

    Join Mother Hubbard's Cupboard's Gardening Program to learn how to extend your gardening year into the fall and winter. Learn how to plan a cold season garden and to mitigate cold temperatures with weather barriers that allow for fresh vegetables when most gardens have been put to bed for the season.

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    Growing and Using Herbs
    2-4 pm
    Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Hilltop Garden & Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN 47408

    Herbs don't have to be restricted to a formal herb garden. They provide excellent easy-care choices for the edible landscape and reward the grower with flavorful additions to culinary creations. Learn how to grow, harvest, store, and use herbs for seasonings, tisanes, and herbal preparations such as herbal oils, vinegars, and tinctures.

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