Several members of Auburn’s College of Agriculture are finalizing the master design for an 11.3-acre teaching garden to be located next to the Old Rotation on Lem Morrison Drive.
As part of the University’s master plan, the “Field Lab No. 1” will enhance the Old Rotation by growing crops, trees, turf grasses and ornamentals that agriculture students will tend to and cultivate.
“This is an area that several departments in the college have used for various instructional activities,” said Dave Williams, professor of horticulture and garden steering committee chair. “What we want to do is just give it more organization, give it a little bit more functionality, make it look good and make it an element that, yes, while still using it as a teaching space, we can share with the community.”
Willams said that the first step in the process will be relocating plants from other parts of campus to the footprint of the new garden.
The medicinal plant garden from the old agronomy farm on Woodfield Drive, which includes plants such as coneflowers, chamomile, and lemongrass, is expected to be the first of the plants migrating to Field Lab No. 1 in late fall or winter of this year.
When the new garden is fully completed, the workable land will be divided into field plots including teaching orchards, field crops,…