Rain Gardens and Rooftop Gardens
UMKC landscaping mitigates potential damage from storm water runoff through three rain gardens, and the Student Union utilizes best practices through a detention pond to handle storm water. Additionally, UMKC has two rooftop gardens. The Student Union rooftop garden is accessible from the fourth floor and has native plants as part of slowing down and absorbing rainfall. The Miller Nichols Library also has a sedum rooftop garden.
Located by the School of Education at 53rd and Holmes streets, the community garden is a student-led initiative in partnership with Campus Facilities Management and the local neighborhood. In 2010, The Garden Collective became an official student association. Please follow the link about the 2010 bountiful harvest . Try to join the students winterizing the garden at one of the upcoming calendar dates in 2011!
Tree pruning and planting
Tree pruning and planting on campus are done in partnership with the Bridging the Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA). The HTA provides education and assistance with choosing the right tree, planting, pruning, and caring for trees in the long-term.
Tulips on Troost
Tulips on Troost is an annual community tulip planting event that has planted thousands of tulips throughout the Troost corridor from 18th to 47th Streets. To become a volunteer, a certified petal pusher, visit the Tulips on Troost website.
Natives and Drought Resistant Plants
Landscape Services uses the best plant species for drought or for the situation. Campus is incorporating more native plantings that the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center has in its landscape and also using the Arbor Day Foundations recommended plant list and Missouri University Plants Guide to assist in plant selections.
Landscape Services leave trees with holes that could house animals or birds and
along some of the fence lines Landscape Services have allowed the areas to grow native in 5 year increments. The 5 Rain Gardens on campus are our best examples of wildlife habitats. Landscape Services also practice the use of dormant oil during the early Spring to suffocate insect eggs, also use Spinosad or BT which are biological insect controls and Integrated Pest Management Techniques. They also use pest free plants to prevent the use of insecticides.