Tall wood planters frame the plaza, partly constructed from thick, rough joists salvaged from a building renovation in University City. The plaza’s marquee landscape feature is set back toward the University of the Sciences’ East Building: a hulking, tiered planter was built using large, joined logs, some of which were reclaimed from tree work at The Woodlands
just across the street.
Think Green helped develop a planting scheme “that would take minimal maintenance and with an eye toward native species,” Gupta explained. “We didn’t ask for the honeybee habitat but we are very excited about it.”
During our visit on Monday we saw plenty of honeybees (likely visiting from the apiary at The Woodlands) stop by to snack on sedum, as butterflies flitted around the flowering plants - including pink shrub roses, purple coneflower, white Shasta daisies, Black Eyed Susan, lavender, catmint, Russian sage. Rounding out the plantings are ornamental grasses and eight wispy river birches.
To Stober the design succeeds in making “this previously very well defined space look like something a little bit more organic.”
The only thing missing during our visit was the furniture: Three big yellow umbrellas and sets of red movable tables and chairs, just like the ones used at The Porch and in Clark Park.
All told UCD spent $50,000 on the project, $30,000 of which came from a MOTU grant, and the plaza took about one month to construct. Crews from UCD and USP will share responsibility for the plaza’s upkeep.