The LaFourcade Community Garden was developed for the enjoyment of the campus community by students, community volunteers, alumni, faculty and staff as a reflective, performance, and gathering space. It was developed by those who felt compelled to get their hands dirty by creating a sanctuary filled with butterflies, bumble bees, flowers, hummingbirds, and koi as a get-away in the middle of campus.
The LaFourcade Community Garden began as a work-study opportunity and as a May Term community service activity course from 2003 to present. In its beginning phase, students learned community gardening techniques, from Master Gardener Emily Bueermann and initially helped the Office of Community Service Learning design a garden space behind the University Administration building.
A memorial gift from the LaFourcade family was made in honor of Ronald LaFourcade, a friend to the University for many years and father of four University alumni. The gift gave the garden a new infrastructure and a beautiful wrought iron fence. Curbing and plants were donated by Mortar Board and the Will J. Reid Foundation. The garden site was dedicated in October 2006. Too see more pictures, check out the LaFourcade slideshow.
Come to the Community Garden to reflect, study, take a break, hang out, or eat lunch. The LaFourcade Community Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.