Loyola faculty, staff and students transformed over 12,000 square feet of traditional grass lawn into an interactive certified native wildlife habitat and expanded organic community vegetable garden. The Conservation and Experiential Learning Garden (CELG) successfully expands the role of the Evergreen Campus to enhance and protect native biodiversity, facilitate meaningful interactions with the environment and support innovative education opportunities.
|| Community Vegetable Garden
|| Plant Biology
|| Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Blueberry Bush, seasonal vegetables
|| Native Tree Grove
|| Food and Cover
|| Paw Paw, Service Berry, Sassafras
American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal
|| Managed Habitat
|| Cover and soil stabilization
|| Big Blue Stem grasses, Aster, Amsonia
||Insects, Birds, Small mammals
|| Stony Run Stream
|| Water Source
|| Pollinator Meadow
|| Food and Nectar
|| Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Black Eyed Susan, Echinacea, Goldenrod
Bumble Bee, Checkerspot Butterfly, Leaf Cutting Bee, Monarch Butterfly
Native Wildlife Habitat
The certified native meadow habitat features food, water, cover and shelter. Native grasses, trees and flowering plants support and attract native birds, bees, butterflies and other important wildlife.
Research conducted by Loyola Conservation Biology students was used to make plant selections and design the meadow. The garden is certified habitat by National Wildlife Federation and certified Bird Friendly Habitat by Audobon Maryland of Paterson Park. It also includes a Monarch Butterfly Way Station certified by Monarch Watch.
The Conservation Garden will be completed and open to visitors in Spring 2019.
Community Vegetable Garden
The Loyola Community Garden is a raised bed organic vegetable and herb garden. It is located on the Evergreen Campus next to Avila Hall. The garden was constructed in 2010 as part of a Kolvenbach research project, but it is now managed by sustainability staff and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies department.
The far east garden beds contain a variety of perennial herbs including sage, rosemary, thyme, and chives. The west beds contain a rotation of annual vegetables and herbs planted at the planting party hosted by sustainability staff each spring.
Loyola Sustainability welcomes you to visit the Loyola Community Garden to harvest herbs and vegetables as they become available throughout the summer season. All produce is open to Loyola community for harvesting.