The UT Gardening Committee created and maintains three ornamental gardens on main campus. These gardens feature native and adapted plant varieties, and provide a unique opportunity for students to impact their environmental surroundings on campus.
Andrews Residence Hall Garden
In the Spring of 2010 we installed a landscaping project on the south side of Andrews Residence Hall (map). We planted Belinda's Dream roses, rosemary, American beautyberry, a variety of lavender and oregano, lamb's ear, irises, and rue in a high foot-traffic area of campus. This seasonal, colorful, peaceful garden was designed by a UT Landscape Architecture student, and implemented by volunteers. Financial support thanks to Keep Austin Beautiful.
On Wednesday, October 17th, the Campus Environmental Center touched up the space with more Native perennials that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the area!
To check out the entire Album of pictures from the October 17th Restoration, please view our Facebook page.
The gardening committee transformed this bare plot into a green oasis in the courtyard of the UA9 building in Fall 2009 (map). The plants are a variety of native Texas and well-adapted plants, including Mexican heather, Mexican feathergrass, yellow Lantana, several varieties of salvia, gaura, and batface cuphea.
Native Plant Garden
Our native plant garden is located on the northeast corner of the CS5 building, near Waller Creek (map). We built the garden in 2008 on a severely eroded site with the financial support of Keep Austin Beautiful and Austin Green Art. The terraced garden includes many native Texas plants, including red yucca, inland sea oats, American beautyberry, Turk's cap, pigeonberry, chile pequin, dwarf palmetto, fall asters, fall obedience plants, salvia, cedar sage, Texas betony, and a dogwood tree.
Special thanks to Jim Lozier of FM 973 Pit Materials for donating rocks and concrete for the terraces, and Carl Schumacher of Schumacher's Nursery for donating plants!
The UT Gardening Committee has organized a number of tree plantings on campus over the years. To date, our committee has planted over 50 trees on campus! Our tree plantings are planned in coordination with UT's urban forester. See our main blog page for announcements of upcoming tree planting events. Also, check out our partner Green Fee project, the UT Tree Nursery.