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Listening to the Organic Lawn

rhr 049The Organic Lawn has just been added to our audio tour. Click here to listen to our continuing efforts in the organic lawn initiative. Check out some of our other audio tours here.

Learn more about the organic lawn in these past posts.

Announcing the Organic Lawn Brochure and Blossoming Research Effort

Remediating Compaction on our Organic Lawn

Organic Lawn Consultation with Eric Fleischer

Organic Lawn Care…

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Green Roof Insallation at the Wister Center-Part 2

Photo credit: L. StiebitzNext the crane arm went up and down many times delivering pallets loaded with buckets of coarse (2-3”) crushed quarry stone (Read Part 1 here.) This larger stone is used all around the edges of the roof and around any features that protrude above the flat surface of the roof.

Here is where our hardy installation crew got a workout hauling heavy buckets of rock to all corners of the roof.  Swarthmore College gardener Bill Costello made many trips up and down the roof’s access ladder helping to load the pallets in the parking lot down below and then unload …

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Green Roof Installation on Wister Center-Part 1

DSC08370On a pleasant spring day in the final week of April, the foundations were laid for the fourth green roof at Swarthmore College. Whilst merry old England was celebrating the just completed nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate), gardeners at the Scott Arboretum were mobilizing for the arrival of some heavy equipment. A large crane was carefully maneuvered into a small parking lot and immediately employed to deliver pallets of materials skyward to the long anticipated Wister Center green roof.

The Wister Center green roof has earned a special place in the hearts of arboretum …

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