Gardens Renovation Project
The Department of Plant and Soil Science is in the process of renovating the Horticultural Gardens at the university Greenhouse and Gardens Complex.
Initially established by Dr. George Tereshkovich and Mr. Edward Zukauckas in 1973,
the gardens have never had the benefit of a masterplan. Initial development included
the installation of the existing windbreak to allow plant establishment and the use
of chipper patches.
Currently, the garden is heavily utilized to provide a laboratory for our plant materials classes, as a garden resource for research trials, and as a public demonstration garden for the community. Every year, young and old alike tour our seasonal displays. The garden is also a popular place for photos on campus and scenic walks in the spring.
The vegetable garden, herb collection, "Earth Kind" rose collection, and annual display beds have had some upgrades over the years but still await the addition of pergolas, seating areas, upgraded walks, garden art, drip irrigation improvements and a low volume water feature. A new entrance sign, welcome area, expanded parking and windbreak enhancement round out the new garden enhancements. The Horticultural Gardens have served the Department, College and University for many years. With these new amenities, the garden will continue its mission with an increased opportunity to host functions, weddings and new courses supporting our vegetable and wine production degree concentration.
As found with many formal gardens, the university Gardens will incorporate the concept of outdoor rooms. The renovation will include the creation of a walled "secret garden," an expanded perennials collection, a water conservation garden / xeriscape area, an outdoor wedding venue, and increased planting trial beds.
More than 1,000 students a year utilize the greenhouse and gardens for their horticulture
You can be a part of this exciting opportunity to the make the Texas Tech Greenhouse and Gardens Complex renovation dream a reality.
Tax deductible donation can be made out to:
Texas Tech Foundation (with "PSS Gardens Renovation Project" in the memo)
And mailed to: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
ATTN: Jane Piercy | Box 42123 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2123
Or give online:www.Give2Tech.com
(designate PSS Gardens Renovation Project)