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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    Getting Started with Backyard Chickens
    1:00–4:00 pm
    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    Hilltop Garden and Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

    Considering a small, backyard flock of hens but not sure how to get started? Have a flock but also want more information about your feathered friends? If so, this is the class for you! We will learn the ins and outs of raising chickens, and 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 have a backyard flock of your own. We will examine the basics of coop selection and design, feeding and watering, manure management, and dealing with predators. We will also present information on acquiring 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 Gardens at Indiana University.

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    Dormant Pruning of Fruit Trees
    2:00-4:00 pm
    Saturday, February 27, 2016
    Hilltop Garden and Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

    Learn how to prune fruit trees during dormancy in order to improve structure, stimulate growth, keep trees healthy, and increase productivity. In this hands-on class, participants both learn and practice proper pruning techniques. The class takes place in the orchard, so wear clothing appropriate for weather. The rain/snow date is 8 March. Participants are notified if use of rain/snow date is required.

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    Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries: The Backyard Growers’ Fruiting All-Stars
    6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    Hilltop Garden and Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

    Tuesday 3/1 and Thursday 3/3, This comprehensive course will introduce the beginning grower to the basics of successful berry production, and also help experienced gardeners avoid common pitfalls and increase yields. Location, planting, care, feeding, pest management, pruning, and cultivars that have performed in Indiana will all be discussed. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.

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    Landscaping with Native Plants
    1:00–2:30 pm
    Saturday, March 5, 2016
    Hilltop Garden and Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

    Have you always wanted to convert your yard to native plants, but you are not sure how to do it or what plants you should use? This class will present the reason and methods of choosing the right native plants for your home and landscape goals. Landscaping with native plants is not only beneficial to the environment. Go home with knowledge of plants native to Indiana and practical design skills. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.

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    Eat Your Weeds
    6:30-8:30 pm
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    Hilltop Garden and Nature Center 2367 E. 10th St. Bloomington, IN

    Celebrate sturdy weeds volunteers! Many of our weeds in North America were brought from Europe by immigrants for their value in cooking and healing. This class will look at the benefits of select weeds to your eco-system and how weeds can benefit your health. Tasty recipes for edible varieties will be shared with the class. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, the Center of Sustainable Living, and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University.

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