Multifunctional Landscape Analysis and Design

SSC Multifunctional Landscape Design

...an evolving process to implement a Multifunctional Landscape at the University of Illinois

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2013 - Original Orchard Downs plan designed by HORT 456

Funded by the UIUC Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) and originally designed for the Orchard Downs student housing site, this project has been relocated to Allerton Park & Retreat Center and a future site at the UIUC Fruit Farm.  The original design included a "tour of trees" that would highlight the wide range of woody species producing edible fruits and nuts, with particular attention to species native to the Midwest US.  A pollinator strip was designated to provide the season-long flowering resources to draw in insects to pollinate fruiting plants.  Pathways for pedestrian circulation encourage interaction and education on the site.  This project will serve as a demonstration of sustainable landscape principles, representing the SSC's goals.

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2014 - Establishment of plants at Allerton Park & Retreat Center

This past summer, the first site was planted at Allerton to include a wide range of fruit- and nut-bearing woody plants.  The images below show the planting plan (left), prairie plants before planting in the pollinator strip (center), and the trees with their protective blue tubes to ward off those destructive deer (right).
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