“There is no Sleepy Hollow on the Internet, no peaceful spot where contemplativeness can work its restorative magic. There is only the endless, mesmerizing buzz of the urban street.”
Nicholas Carr, from The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (New York: Norton, 2010)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Grasses or Flowers?
The other day the question was brought up pertaining to what
types of plant life should grow in Madonna Meadows. Colorful, attractive flowering
species or dull, yet scientifically interesting grasses? It would seem that the
average person would respond positively to flowers, however, to those with some
scientific knowledge the grasses may prove to be more interesting. Although
both options would be beneficial and could easily work with the space, I would
propose that the chosen plants be more interactive and inviting for both us and
the nearby animals.
Central Park in Union, Ky has a great example of an
interactive area. In the park is a garden which has plants that appeal to all
of the senses. There is Mimosa Pudica (which is also known as the sensitive
plant because its leaves fold up when you touch it), Lambs Ear (whose leaves
are incredibly soft), Pineapple Sage (which leaves the scent of pineapple on
your fingertips if you touch it), certain vines (which form intricate patterns
up sculptures), and many other unique species of plants. Also in another area of the park there
is a butterfly garden filled with flowers which attract all types of butterflies.
Although admittedly I’m not entirely certain about the needs
of these plants and if the space offers the correct conditions in terms of sunlight, soil, and water, I believe it would be beneficial to investigate the
possibility. As students, faculty, and visitors are walking through the area
it may enhance their aesthetic experience if they are involved in the
surrounding natural environment.