Summer in full bloom

The native plant meadow just to the northeast of the Athletic Complex was in full bloom on a recent sunny day. The meadow, one of eight native planting sites and bioswales at the university managed by the Office of Facilities Planning and Management, is more than one-third of an acre in size. “We are really trying to incorporate more native planting, including native trees and rain gardens, on campus. We’ve actually started including it in our bidding process,” said Kent Theiling, grounds manager and horticulturist. “Native planting areas are hearty, more sustainable and allow us to spend less time and money mowing grass.” Other examples of such planting including the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Butterfly Garden, the “green roof” behind the South 40 House and the rain garden in front of Thomas H. Eliot House. Future locations are being considered, Theiling said. “It’s a great way for us to beautify the campus and to do it in an environmentally sound way.” (Credit: Joe Angeles/WUStl PHOtos)