With industry support, VIU students transform lawn into environmentally sustainable meadow

November 10, 2020
Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture Technician Foundation Program students are transforming a lawn and garden area into a drought-tolerant meadow to explore environmentally sustainable lawn alternatives. Through the project, students will test drought-tolerant lawn seeds mixes, conduct turfgrass mix trials, and plant flowering perennials. Students also have been supported by industry with training become certified Allan Block installers and training with new insect identifying equipment from a biological control company. “We are grateful for the industry support we have received,” said Jessica Gemella, VIU Horticulture Technician Program instructor. “It is through these relationships that we have been able to enhance student experiences, helping to develop skills related to current approaches to landscape methods and materials that are relevant to the local environment.” VIU (BC)