“Chuck: You mentioned recently the patio had some weeds that needed to be cleaned up. I took these photos today. The areas in the photo are student garden areas. I did see someone in one of the garden areas southeast of LAR last week. I am not clear if she was there to work in the garden or perhaps for other research work.
John: Would you be able to assist (organize some student help perhaps) with weeding in the patio gardens? Could you also include the student garden plantings at the main east entry to the building as well as the smaller gardens each side of the drive at Lincoln Ave.? These are the first areas people will encounter at move in.”
-Wayne Bugaj (07/27/2021)
Yesterday I did some cleanup along with Sara Mason, a former LAR LLC member who graduated last year. We pulled weeds by the small beds near the wheelchair ramp and did some trimming in the front beds including the one near Lincoln Ave. Two other former LLC students from 2016 and 17 helped a couple times this summer with some very basic weeding. The people who started this maintain an interest, but most have let town. The virus and “student priorities” have kept the regular LLC students from doing anything in the plantings for about 2 seasons. Hopefully that will change this year. Basically the plantings are mostly doing well. They need some weeding and thinning. A couple spots on the S side of the front steps and SW side of the building have areas where one or two species have taken over. Some replanting would probably be good there, but is not critical.
The main goal of providing pollinator resources is definitely being met.
Chris Murphy told me in the spring that he hoped to get a faculty member to oversee a few students who could get credit for maintaining the plantings.
Anyway things look better now. We took out 2.5 35 gallon cans of weeds.
I hope this helps”
-John Marlin (07/29/2021)