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Krissy Faust

"When the leaves come out, the Wildflower Garden really feels like it’s far away from all the roads. Students that disappear into it can be away from the hustle and bustle of campus. I think that’s pretty special."

Elissa Wolfson

"Being in the Mundy Wildflower Garden is like taking a mini-vacation in the middle of the day. Surrounded and sheltered by nature, you have a sense of feeling of being far away, even though you're not! "

— Elissa Wolfson, Editor

Bruce Lewenstein

"A friend and I walked out of my office and into the Wildflower Garden, which somehow I’d never done. And I said, “Wow, I can walk five minutes from my office and be here? I didn’t know that.”"

— Bruce Lewenstein, Faculty in Education, Education and Interpretation Committee

Ann Kelly '07

"Walking through the Wildflower Garden, some people don’t even realize they are in a garden because it’s not cultivated in the classical sense of the word."

— Ann Kelly '07

Elan Margulies '09

"Coming down from that slope above the Mundy Wildflower Garden, you delve into another world."

— Elan Margulies '09

Tim Fahey

"The Natural Areas staff has done a great job of identifying and setting aside a representative suite of local ecosystems."

Phil Syphrit

"Cascadilla Gorge—this big, rugged, canyon of a thing—is part of what Plantations is too. "

Miriam Pinsker '08

"One of my favorite places to go is McGowan Woods, one of the natural areas. Toward the end of the spring semester, it’s just a blanket of wildflowers. It feels like you’re walking into this amazing wildflower wonderland."

Elan Margulies '09

"I think the ecosystems Plantations is preserving are very well chosen. From a teaching point of view, you’re seeing a lot in a little area"

— Elan Margulies, Class '09 Natural Resources, CALS

Diane Miske

"One great feature of Plantations is that it has the creek and Beebe Lake and all the gorges where you can stroll and hear that rushing water."

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