About the Garden

Our garden sits on three lots on the northwest side of campus, adjacent to Poole Hall. The site is well located for long hours of afternoon sun, which the plants appreciate. And mornings, with the sun just touching the fence tops, give us all quiet moments for reflection.

Early morning in the summer, waiting for the day to beginThe garden's beginnings lie in conversations among faculty teaching courses for Transylvania's environmental studies minor, conversations that saw the garden as doing so much to promote environmental awareness and the principle of sustainability.

Since these beginnings we have sought, step by step, to integrate the garden into campus life. This process is on-going, exploratory. (For more about us, see the Gardeners page.)

We have no set notion of what the garden should be. Together, its members work out new meanings for the garden, new possibilities for it as a place on an urban campus where we can grow plants, for food and for decoration.

What we do share, though, is an understanding that here, in this place, we can enact our respect for life and the honest work of tending and caring that brings us in touch with life. So at different times the garden becomes a place of quiet reflection or of communal work—and the chatting that goes with it. Or it becomes a place of celebration, as we share pleasure in what we've accomplished together. We do have a grill in the garden and the food we have tended and harvested can be so very tasty!  

Here is some of what we have harvested: delicious beans, corn, squash, peas, eggplant, tomatoes, okra,  peppers, basil, dill, and parsley. Sunflowers graced our back fence, and beds of zinnias, coneflowers, black-eyed susans, and daisies flourish at the side-fence.