Conservation Matters October 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Gardens and Greenway project set for West campus is accepting donations

Gardens and Greenway project set for West campus is accepting donations

A portion of Texas A&M University’s West campus is being transformed into a garden and greenway for students, faculty and visitors and will serve as an outdoor classroom for many academic disciplines.

The vision of Vice Chancellor and Dean Dr. Mark Hussey, the “Gardens and Greenway” project encompasses approximately 45 acres north of Kimbrough Boulevard behind the Texas A&M AgriLife Complex.

Private donors will fund 100 percent of its construction and maintenance, organizers said, and donations can be made online.

Texas A&M System’s Board of Regents designated White Creek on the West campus and the surrounding riparian area as the West Campus Greenway in 1998. While the entire West Campus Greenway extends from the Horticultural/Forestry Sciences Building to the Bush Library property, the portion of the West Campus Greenway south of Kimbrough Boulevard is not currently included in the project.

The project was developed by Dr. Jon Rodiek, professor and coordinator of Texas’s landscape architecture and urban planning program, and landscape architecture graduate students with input from faculty and students. Dr. Doug Welsh, a veteran horticulturist and Texas A&M professor emeritus, is the program coordinator for the project.

The Gardens and Greenway project will feature:

  • The Grove Amphitheater
  • Teaching gardens, schoolhouse and pavilion
  • White creek restoration
  • Post oak savannah restoration and wildflower meadows
  • Rose garden and arbor
  • Feed the World Plaza
  • Outdoor living room for students
  • Howdy Station visitor bus stop
  • Coffee station and visitor entrance

Besides an outdoor classroom and leisure area, the greenway and gardens will serve as an outdoor entertainment venue for the performing arts, films, celebrations and social events, organizers said. The project will also preserve the natural creek habitat, which is critical to sustaining native flora and fauna, including nearly 50 bird species. The agricultural heritage and culture of Texas and Texas A&M will also be highlighted.

For more information on the project and ways to give, visit agrilife.org/texas-am-gardens-and-greenway-project.

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