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Education and Outreach

Deterding, Deanna [1], Krakos, Kyra [2].

Bringing a little Middle Earth to Maryville University: Creating an educational native plant garden on campus.

This project uses Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings mythology to design a native plant garden for Maryville University’s campus. The purpose of the “Middle Earth Garden” is to engage the Maryville community in a creative way that both educates about sustainability principles and raise awareness of the importance of native plants in city gardens. First, we identified Missouri native plants that resembled Middle Earth plants in botanical morphology, using Walter Judd’s book Flora of Middle Earth as a resource. Second, we chose our on-campus location for its natural sustainable features that would address runoff from the road before filtering into a stream. Finally, we created educational signage explaining how Tolkien incorporated sustainability into The Lord of the Rings. This signage included the names of native Missouri plants, the Middle earth plants they represent, and the importance of a native city garden. The formal garden design was completed using the programs SketchUp Pro and Lumion. The garden combines ideas in science and the humanities to emphasize the beauty and benefits native plants have on a more sustainable future to the community.

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1 - Maryville University, Biology, 626 Bloom Street, Red Bud, Illinois, 62278, United States
2 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University, St Louis, MO, 63141, United States

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Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Education and Outreach Posters
Location: Arizona Ballroom/Starr Pass
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PEO003
Abstract ID:456
Candidate for Awards:None

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