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Eastern Inner Loop

These tracks seem to invite the visitor to walk along and explore the length of Big Hollow.

The Arboretum will be a place of beauty, an important cultural feature of the University and the community.


Utilities and Infrastructure

The Arboretum will strive to become a leader among its peers in horticulture, science, and environmental matters. While most of the environmental content of the Arboretum is not located on the Mitchell Tract, there is, nevertheless, a unique opportunity here to highlight the best development and horticultural practices demonstrating environmental sensitivity. To that end it is a goal to handle all storm water on site. Since the Arboretum is located in the University well field’s watershed, storm water that is retained is returned to groundwater and the University wells, and does not go into the pipe system to already overloaded storm systems.

The irrigation requirements for the Arboretum have been calculated for a one-, two-, ten- and fifty-year drought condition, as formulated using the Pennsylvania Irrigation Water Applications Planning and Management Guide, as well as using the nationally recognized evapotranspiration based irrigation requirement method. The irrigation system is planned to be a pressurized water line which loops the Arboretum. Lateral lines can then be run to service individual water features and sprinkler systems of certain gardens. These sprinkler systems will be designed to ensure effective conservation.

Phase I of the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens

M•T•R Landscape Architects, LLC, has designed the utility and rough grading plan, the garden elements, and the planting plan for the first phase of the H. O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Construction of the garden elements is scheduled to begin in June 2008, and substantial completion is expected in June 2009.


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