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The Preserve, a sanctuary garden.

5. Preserve

Character

The Preserve area will be maintained as it exists today, a sanctuary garden within the developing University. The 10 acre site includes a variety of plant communities, native plant habitats and a pond. The site is secured with fencing and access is limited to one entry point. With the exception of some minor perimeter landscape treatment at its entry, the Preserve will continue to remain undeveloped.

Recommendations

  1. A walkway between the Preserve and the Commons is important. This link would allow for improved accessibility for the pedestrian to the Preserve, as it is now somewhat isolated. This approach to the Preserve would align the visitor for a more pleasant entry. The existing path which parallels the fenceline could become a secondary path used primarily by service vehicles.
  2. An organized Entry Garden should provide orientation and a focal point to the Preserve's access. A formal planting of trees and wildflowers native to the Preserve would achieve this objective.
  3. Special interpretive graphics and brochures should be designed specifically for the Preserve to set it apart from the other landscape zones.
  4. Perimeter fence treatments should include vine plantings, removal of top rail and/or replacement with a black vinyl coated fence. Native plants along the outside of the fence line would soften its impact as well.
  5. A raised boardwalk is recommended through the Insectivorous Garden. This is a low lying area that does not drain well.
  6. Raised stone or wood planters would improve the presentation of the rare plant collections and help in their protection and maintenance.
  7. Establish a standard group of site furniture for this area to provide visual continuity along the trails.

Maintenance

A low level of maintenance should continue in this area. Upkeep of walkways will require the most attention as well as entry garden planting.

Issues

  • Pathways will need to be cleared of fallen debris.
  • The vegetation around the pond should be thinned out occasionally. This will improve the access to the pond.
  • Maintenance of the rare plants will require removal of other plants nearby which are crowding out or competing for nutrients.

Plant Palette

Trees

Ilex cassine/Cassine Holly
Magnolia virginiana/Sweet Bay Magnolia
Nyssa biflora/Swamp Tupelo
Prunus serotina/Black Cherry

Shrubs

Clethra alnifolia/Sweet Pepperbush
Itea virginica/Virginia Willow
Leucothoe racemosa/Sweetbells Leucothoe
Lyonia lucida/Fetterbush

Vines for Fence

Bignonia capreolata/Cross Vine
Gelsemium sempervirens/Caroling Jessamine
Lonicera japonica/Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens/Coral Honeysuckle