Botanical garden planted at SPC’s Clearwater Campus

January 12, 2010 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Members of St. Petersburg College’s Honors College, Emerging Green Builders and Club Green  planted a teaching botanical garden, consisting only of native Florida plants, on the Clearwater campus on Jan. 11.

“Bio-diverse native gardens typically require less maintenance, water and herbicide, pesticide and fertilizer treatment,” said Jason Green, the college’s Sustainability Coordinator.  “Because of that, in Florida we expect to see an increase in this responsible way of gardening as natural resources become scarcer.”

The botanical garden will be used as a teaching tool for upper and lower level biology classes, according to John Williams, academic chair of the Natural Science Department.

“The garden will allow students an excellent opportunity to leave the classroom and learn in a more natural environment,” Williams said.

According to Williams, a number of partners were involved in the development of the garden:

  • Bruce Turley of Wilcox Nursery designed the garden
  • Tom Fowler, St Petersburg College’s Landscape Crew Leader installed a drip irrigation system and constructed a compacted mulch pathway for wheelchair access.
  • Plans are being made for a site specific sculpture suitable for the garden which will be designed and developed by members of SPC Fine Arts Department under the direction of Department Chair Paul Miehl.
  • Jason Green oversaw the planting, which was handled by ten volunteers from SPC’s “Club Green,” Emerging Green Builders and Honors College.

The garden is 60 feet wide by 25 feet deep and may be expanded over time.  Plantings include spider lilies, yaupon holly, Florida golden aster, coontie, wild petunias, flatwoods plum, Bahama cassia, beautyberry and other native species.

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Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

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Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

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To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at

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