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Gardens of Fanshawe College and A.M. Cuddy Gardens
Canada - Ontario - London
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The Dry Garden in the A. M. (Mac) Cuddy Garden, Strathroy, Ontario.
About the Gardens of Fanshawe College and A.M. Cuddy Gardens
The image of the Forest City is being actively pursued and developed on the main campus of Fanshawe College. Through the ongoing development of a series of demonstration gardens and landscape projects the entire campus will develop for both the internal and external communities. These gardens now in their 8th year are a partnership with the community and the college. Additionally all the work on this planned development is undertaken by the Horticulture Technician Program at Fanshawe and acts as a living laboratory for these horticulturists and arborists in training..
Several areas of the campus have already been developed and they include the Hope Garden, a planting of 15, 000 daffodils, the Perennial Garden, the Burr German Iris Garden and the new, shrub and perennial gardens at the entrance to both M and F buildings.
The Carolinian garden is our most ambitious project to date and has already begun with extensive plantings of Carolinian Tress on a two acre site towards the North east corner of the college. This garden will be one of the largest in Ontario and includes many species of plants unique to the Carolinian life zone
Throughout the campus and especially in the past eight years numerous trees have been planted, this autumn over forty trees were planted in the new gardens alone. Tree species selection and planting respects the master plan and mission of the garden and introduces unique and unusual plants to the public. Fanshawe College currently has the most northerly grown Ben Franklin tree in the world. The garden also includes trees from Iran, China, Japan and Florida all happily growing in the Southern Ontario climate.
It is an exciting time at the college with the Horticulture Technician Program involved in campus development. This program contributes approximately 1500 hours of skilled supervised horticultural labour a year to the development of the college gardens. Additionally many plants are grown in the new greenhouse by students; these include numerous rare tree seedlings that are planted on the campus.
Several of the construction courses in the Horticulture Technician program build projects on the campus, these projects are be tied to further garden development and garden enhancement. The most recent of these projects has been the completion of the landscape at the front of M and F.