ServiceReflection

ServiceReflection - 1 Jessica Gimbel Lab 302 Jenny Reflection I completed my community service hours at the UW Arboretum I worked with both Susan

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1 Jessica Gimbel 11/30/11 Lab 302 – Jenny Reflection I completed my community service hours at the UW Arboretum. I worked with both Susan Carpenter at the Native Plant Gardens and Ken Zuba at Longenecker gardens. These gardens, although part of the same arboretum, had different goals in their cultivation and care methods. After completing twenty-five hours of service at the arboretum, I felt I had accumulated a wealth of knowledge and my interest in the cultivation of plants and gardens had grown. The Native Plant Gardens is a garden kept mostly by native wild plants dispersed throughout its four or five acres of land around the visitor center. Work with this garden centered around weeding and a small amount of mulching on the edges of the garden. Susan Carpenter, in charge of taking care of the garden, took us through the necessary means of caring and cultivating for a garden, which included weeding, replanting, watering and much watching. On my first day working with her, she taught the group about perennial plants that live in the Native Plant Gardens. She walked us though the Native Plant Gardens and showed us the rare species that were able to survive the harsh Wisconsin winters. We even identified a species of the bumblebee spotted in these gardens, never seen before anywhere close to Madison. Susan tested us by having us identify leaves that were simple or compound, palmate or pinnate. We found small plants and studied their cotyledons. I learned a lot from working with Susan about the functions and parts of plants. Tools that I used during volunteering were weeding shovels, rakes, and digging shovels to remove thistles, by getting at the root, from the garden.
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The Native Plant Gardens consists of four different gardens. The Front Entrance Garden features plants good for observing throughout the growing season. Plants that reside here include, columbine, woodland phlox, yellow star grass, wild geranium, spiderwort, blue-eyed grass, bee balm, asters and many others. The Lime Prairie Garden displays plants in blossom during the fall and summer seasons. Fall blossoms include bluestem, side-oats grama grass and prairie dropseed. Summer plants
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2012 for the course HORTI 120 taught by Professor Paterson during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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ServiceReflection - 1 Jessica Gimbel Lab 302 Jenny Reflection I completed my community service hours at the UW Arboretum I worked with both Susan

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