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Garden Initiatives

The Campus Garden grows new programs each year to help position Washington College as a leader in the multidisciplinary study of the environment.




  • Campus Garden intern Madeline Poethke ’16 established new perennial beds, including a picket fence guild and a bed featuring plants donated by Bearded Ladies Cabaret.
  • The Garden Club, Student Environmental Alliance, and Habitat for Humanity collaborated to build a living roof over the earth oven and begin the process of establishing a pond.
  • Alumni volunteers constructed a picket fence to separate the garden from an adjacent parking lot.
  • Students enrolled in a beekeeping course sponsored by the Department of Environmental Science and Studies set up an apiary.
  • The Garden Club restored its connection with the Dining Hall to begin gathering food scraps for compost.



  • The Anthropology Club teamed up with the Student Environmental Alliance to create the base for the Earth Oven using recycled materials.
  • The first Campus Garden Intern, Emma Spence ’14, introduced several important herbaceous perennial plants to the garden.



  • The Student Environmental Alliance and Habitat for Humanity built garden boxes using wood pallets to start the new garden.
  • Initial perennial plantings included apple (MacIntosh and Empire), fig, nectarine, peach, plum, and Asian pear trees. Butterfly bush, grapes, hazelnuts, goji berries, strawberries, and blueberries began to fill the understory.
  • The garden was launched with a dedication ceremony attended by many students, faculty, and staff.