Hort 461 encompasses today's issues of planting design, with a special emphasis on sustainable designs. The students enrolled in this class include horticulture, nutrition, and landscape architecture majors who are seeking a better knowledge and understanding of plant selection and placement.
Student work and a web page developed by students help others envision, design, and celebrate “greening" efforts through landscape design. Students in participating courses researched topics such as sacred spaces, meditation gardens, medicinal and healing plants, the role of gardens, nutrition and the use of water as a metaphor in religion. As societies work to foster an awareness of the value of the natural world and develop acts of care that reflect this awareness, university students provide ideas about how this can be done in part through sustainable landscape design.
In the “Sacred by Design” component, students were asked to study how a variety of religions show reverence for the natural world. Students researched and discussed ways to bring healing and wholeness to the biosphere and the whole of Creation. Research and design projects focused on finding common ground through interdisciplinary environmental education and information services for churches, community gardens, denominations and the wider world community. To the left are links to information about previous projects.