Edible landscaping is both beautiful and functional.
That’s why a group of students planted a garden of raspberry bushes on campus along the south side of Olin. The planting was part of a service project completed during the 2014 Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium.
The new garden is a tangible way to implement the concept of sustainable landscaping discussed at this year’s symposium, titled "Sustainability: Local Action | Global Impact."
“Raspberries are a good option because they produce fruit in abundance, are quite hardy, and easy to consume — no preparation necessary,” says Anna Dovre ’17, Eau Claire, Wis. “It’s also a great way to show how easy it is to eat local — very local.”
The plantings are a part of an initiative by the Student Environmental Alliance to establish the practice of edible landscaping on campus. The group also planted apple tree saplings on campus earlier this year.
“Any fruit-bearing plant that is relatively low maintenance would work (for edible landscaping) as well,” adds Scott Opatril ’17, Glyndon, Minn.