Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2017

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88 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 6 7 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 4 4 Sustainability at the Kentucky Arboretum and Botanical Gardens By Ned Crankshaw, Professor and Chair, University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture In December 2014, the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky received one of the First Annual Sustainability Challenge Grants. The project's goal was to improve performance, education, and aesthetics at the Kentucky Arboretum entrance through the use of three bioswales that infiltrate, filtrate, provide pollinator habitat, and slow runoff. During the spring semester of 2015, the landscape architecture class "Water in the Urbanizing Landscape" took on designing, assessing measurements, and constructing the bioswales. By the fall of 2015, the swales had been established and were under the close supervision of arboretum staff and faculty from the department. In December 2016, we were awarded a second grant to install a wet meadow and pervious paving near the arboretum's Children's Garden. It is a stormwater management system that infiltrates runoff from the parking area. The meadow was designed and constructed by students with staff assistance, and will be maintained and studied by students. Landscape architecture students from the University of Kentucky created bioswales and a wet meadow at the Kentucky Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The bioswales are registered Monarch Waystations, creating habitat for monarch butterflies.

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