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The clarion : the Brevard College weekly. online resource (None) 1935-current, May 01, 2009, Image 2

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Page 2 The Clarion | May 1, 2009 News Greenspace: Students, faculty work to build campus butterfly garden by Allie Stokes Moore Contributor Brevard College is an institution that offers many opportunities for experiential education for its students. From the WLEE program to many other education efforts to get students involved, experiential edu cation is one of the selhng points of this college. Earthfest was this past Saturday and students had a chance to celebrate Earth Day. One of the events of Earthfest was the planting of the Butterfly garden. This garden was just an addition to an already existing Rain Garden, put in place by a December ’08 graduate for his senior project. The Greenspace started out as just a square of lawn next to the Cafeteria patio. The space offered no ecosystem services since it was a monoculture of turf lawn. Also, anytime there was a lot of rain, the area would flood and leave standing water in the lawn and across a few of the com muter parking spaces. And that’s how the rain garden was bom. A long shallow ditch allows the water to collect and filter through the soil. Plants have been placed in the rain garden and also help filter the water, cleaning out any photo by J. Padgett A group of students, faculty and community members showed up Saturday on Earth Day to work on the campus garden and add to the already existing rain garden. heavy metals that might was over from the parking lot. Last Saturday on Earthfest the rain garden added a new addition- the Butterfly garden. The space became something unique to Brevard Coflege. Dr Cabin’s Conservation Biology class continued the restoration process of the Greenspace by organizing the Butterfly garden planting for Earthfest. We had several student volunteers, but what really made the day such a success was our Dwight Chiles and Dr. Cabin spread mulch while Saturday. photo by J. Padgett working on the campus garden last friend, Ina Warren. Ms. Warren is the but terfly lady; she has worked for many years to build and maintain butterfly gardens specifically for Monarchs. She showed up on Saturday with a ton of plants, tools, and a childlike excitement for the day’s planting. The Conservation Biology class worked for several weeks to organize this event. “A lot of planning was necessary for the garden to actually happen,” said Luke Smithson, a conservation bio student. The class has been learning about prin ciples of restoration for the last few weeks of the semester “One of the points Dr Cabin kept stress ing was that talking and learning about conservation bio is only half the process. Eventually you have to just go out and do it,” said Kiesha Fouch, another member of the class. With the Butterfly and Rain garden in place, the BC Greenspace now offers many ecosystem services that the monoculture turf lawn did not. This project was done by students for students and Erin Craig hopes that “that students will continue to add and maintain this space for years to come.”

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