Loyola University Maryland

Sustainability

Conservation and Experiential Learning Garden

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.

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 Area

 Function

Plant Species 

Wildlife

 1  Community Vegetable Garden   Plant Biology  Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Blueberry Bush, seasonal vegetables  Humans
 2  Native Tree Grove  Food and Cover   Paw Paw, Service Berry, Sassafras

American Robin, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal

 3  Managed Habitat  Cover and soil stabilization   Big Blue Stem grasses, Aster, Amsonia Insects, Birds, Small mammals
 4  Stony Run Stream  Water Source  - All
 5  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

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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

students and staff work in garden during annual planting partyThe 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.