Students design, build sustainable Waterwise Garden
PULLMAN, Wash. – Undaunted by rain, snow and heat, construction of the Waterwise Garden is in its final stages. The garden, located outside the Ensminger Pavilion, was designed and built by landscape architecture students to help them gain hands-on experience.
Students in Ole Sleipness’ landscape architectural construction course designed the garden using sustainable techniques that reduce water consumption and create a more stable environment. The garden features a dry stream bed, which reduces water consumption and helps collect natural rainfall, and drought-resistant plants. Students also used "urbanite," broken concrete pieces from past WSU projects, to create walls and paths.
The Waterwise Garden also features a green roof garden pavilion on top of a storage shed. Green roofs, besides being pleasing to the eye, can aid in stormwater management, reduce energy consumption and promote biodiversity. The roof also was built using reclaimed materials from around the Pullman campus and features drought-resistant, cold-weather plants.
The Waterwise Garden is part of the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Garden on Wilson Road. The Shade Garden and the Sun Garden also were designed by landscape architecture students. For more information on the gardens, the program and how to donate, visit the Department of Horticulture website.