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The university’s Twin Cities campus will serve as “living laboratory” to explore sustainable landscape design strategies.

Spring awakening: U of M students to design campus demonstration garden this week

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

March 22, 2011

A group of University of Minnesota students will use the university’s Twin Cities campus this spring and summer as a “living laboratory” to explore sustainable landscape design strategies.

The process kicks off with presentations by Twin Cities landscape design professionals at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the College of Design’s Rapson Hall, room 100, 89 Church St., Minneapolis.

On Saturday, March 26, the students will then gather at 9 a.m. in the Rapson Hall courtyard for a “design charrette” (consisting of an intense period of design activity) to design an educational and ecologically harmonious garden. This activity will culminate in design presentations and discussion at 3:30 p.m. The most compelling garden designs will be installed by students this summer.

Students interested in learning more and participating in the design process may contact Elizabeth Turner at

The project is sponsored by the student groups Students for Design Activism and Greenlight in collaboration with the university’s Salovich Zero+ Campus Design Project. For more information, visit

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