The Gardens regularly completes both routine and major maintenance projects through partnerships with various departments and organizations. Check out some of our past, current, and future projects below!
Winter storm Uri and other extreme weather conditions have unfortunately led to the decline and death of several post oaks in the Leach Teaching Gardens Event Lawn Area. These tree have been removed from the Event Lawn due to the resulting safety hazard they present. The Gardens team plans to replace the lost trees with displaced trees from the resigned Horticultural Gardens on Hensel Dr. Site preparation for new trees is underway and planned to be completed in Fall/Winter 2021. New trees will not be planted until this region experiences more favorable, dormant season conditions to minimize stress related to transplanting.
Renovations to the Bioswale next to the Event Lawn in the Leach Teaching Gardens are underway to reduce weed control maintenance issues, modify margins to discourage encroachment of turf grasses and to create more mower friendly edgings. This project is at the control stage for weed removal and will be followed by replanting and mulching. This project is coordinated with the event lawn tree plantings project to create a more sustainable space and improve the biofiltration capabilities of the bioswale.
The Gardens team will be working with one of the academic classes to develop and build a structure we can utilize during harsh winter weather to protect our young citrus trees in the Citrus Grove.
The Gardens team will be working with a landscape and architecture design academic class to finish out development of the Homestead Garden area across from the Pavilion.
Check back soon for more exciting news about Phase II plans for The Gardens!