“Engaging the community and emphasizing sustainability.” — Dr. Louis LaPierre.
When long-time LCC faculty member Richard Kelley was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, his friends and colleagues wanted to honor him. As an avid gardener and passionate teacher Richard was excited about creating a learning garden on the campus.
The concept expanded to honor other colleagues and friends, including the late Lynn Lawrence (former LCC Registrar) and the late Tom Swihart (former technician in LCC's Information Technology Department).
Garden Location: the garden is located in the green space between the Alan Thompson Library and Applied Arts buildings. See Campus Map.
Fruit trees are a foundational element of the learning garden, in addition to raised vegetable beds, herbs, and grapes. Additional features include a collection of native plants, greenhouse, gazebo, and sitting areas.
Dr. Louis LaPierre, Environmental Science and Biology faculty member, hopes the garden will be the anchor of a movement to create a more edible campus, including fruit trees and shrubs planted throughout the campus. He emphasizes the garden's interdisciplinary value for instruction, but also sees it as a way to engage the community and emphasize sustainability principles.
The garden has partnered with LCC's Fork & Flame Cafe to feature fresh garden veggies in the salad bar. Stay tuned for harvest!