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Pam Shade

"In the summer the Treman Woodland Walk is cool, and you hear the sound of water, and you see the water running, and the plants are really beautiful. So you’re in a woodland setting, but with beautiful herbaceous plants."

— Pam Shade, Gardener, Herb Garden

Sarah Villarreal '09

"Running through Plantations and seeing all the beautiful plants and trees is just a great way to unwind after a long day."

— Sarah Villarreal, Class of '09, Biological Engineering, College of Engineering

Peter Trowbridge

"Plantations provides unusual plants, plants in close proximity to campus, plants that are arranged to provide not just plant identification but also inspirational garden settings."

— Peter Trowbridge, CU Faculty, Department of Landscape Architecture, Collections and Design Committee

Peter Trowbridge

"Visitors get to see a lot all at once. They can see the flower garden, and the herb garden, and the winter garden, and Comstock Knoll, and they don’t have to go very far to see all those things."

— Peter Trowbridge, CU Faculty, Department of Landscape Architecture, Collections and Design Committee

Peter Trowbridge

"While they’re very inspirational, I think people can look at these gardens and feel that they could achieve something similar in their own environment. It’s not so unattainable that it’s off-putting. I think it’s a very comfortable, sensitive, and accessible collection."

— Peter Trowbridge, CU Faculty, Department of Landscape Architecture, Collections and Design Committee

Nina Bassuk

"Visitors could see Plantations just as a pretty place on one level. But then they could find out more about some unusual plants and how to put them together and see what terrific maintenance looks like. Something they might emulate in their own garden."

— Nina Bassuk, CU Faculty, Department of Horticulture, Advisory Board, Collections and Design Committee

Nancy Adams

"The idea that Plantations is important enough for the university to preserve is great. And the staff takes the time to try to do it right."

— Nancy Adams, Gardener, Groundcover Collection

Nancy Adams

"We have such a variety of plants in a fairly small area, it keeps things pretty interesting for visitors."

— Nancy Adams, Gardener, Groundcover Collection

Nancy Adams

"Each garden is always changing, but then when you have a variety of gardens as we do, you can see something different every day. It never gets old."

— Nancy Adams, Gardener, Groundcover Collection

Kevin Moss

"I like the narrow winding paths where you can’t see around the bend; when you get there, you see there’s another bend up ahead, so the landscape just keeps drawing you in."

— Kevin Moss, Community Outreach Coordinator

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