Millersville’s Center for Sustainability recently partnered with participants at the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Millersville to unveil a rain garden on campus. Dr. Nadine Garner, director of the Center for Sustainability, arranged for MU to be the recipient of the rain garden that was installed by 25 landscape artists during the conference held in the SMC June 5-7.
“This is the first time in the history of the 20-year conference that workshop participants have been able to leave a legacy behind for the campus to enjoy,” said Garner. “The rain garden is adjacent to Cambria House (Ann Street House), located at 14 E. Ann St., across from Gordinier Hall.
Landscape artists received continuing education credits for participating in the workshop, titled “Vegetated Solutions for Functional and Aesthetic Rain Gardens.” The effort was led by Kevin Staso and Claudia West of North Creek Nursery.
“This partnership is an example of the University’s commitment as a signatory on the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC),” explained Garner. “Our center promotes ways to solve real-world problems and create and maintain a sustainable society. There is more to a rain garden than meets the eye. The rain garden is an example of an effective storm water management practice: the downspouts from the roof of Cambria House were redirected to divert rainwater into the garden. The garden is filled with native plants, which create a natural ecosystem in place of the monoculture of turf, bringing biodiversity in the form of plant life, and attracting beneficial insects. The garden provides a working example for the MU community to integrate into their own homes and gardens.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the rain garden took place on June 6. Garner and Dr. Jason Baker, psychology, created the ribbon from cornstalks and locally-grown roses. Seth Taylor, groundskeeper supervisor, and Jeff Gipe, groundskeeper and member of the Sustainability Committee, also collaborated on the project.
Please visit the Center for Sustainability’s Facebook page at “Center for Sustainability – Millersville University” and “like” it to receive updates on the development of the ‘Ville-age Rain Garden.