Garden build project underway, in honor of Tikvah Weiner

From 2008 to 2013, Tikvah Weiner worked at the Program on the Environment, as a graduate program adviser and then administrator, and was a much beloved staff member who is remembered fondly for her positive and joyous spirit.

This Spring, thanks to the generosity of donors to Tikvah’s Fund; the Campus Sustainability Fund; UW Landscape Architecture; UW Department of Urban Design & Planning; and UW Department of Facilities Maintenance & Construction, an outdoor learning and teaching space is under construction in honor of Tikvah.

Under the guidance of Daniel Winterbottom, Landscape Architecture students have designed a vibrant space on part of the School of Aquatic and Fisheries lawn, across the parking lot from Wallace Hall. The garden will contribute in lasting ways to the Program on the Environment community, as a place to gather, learn outside, reflect and enjoy.

Twelve Program on the Environment students are participating as part of an independent study project, with Director Rick Keil as their faculty advisor. The students’ work includes partnering with the Landscape Architecture team in on-site work to bring their design to life, by planting native species, paving pathways and building an ADA accessible outdoor educational space which will include chaise lounge chairs and large boulders engraved with inspirational quotes. The design will also have interpretive signage and a rain garden that will house native and pollinator plants and feature a foot bridge.

The students’ research will include an assessment on the garden design’s environmental and sustainability features and an analysis of how landscape design can augment natural space for human use and create a viable habitat for native species.

The project is slated to be complete by the end of Spring quarter. Stay tuned for details about a celebration of the new space.