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Horticulture Students Create Master Landscape Plan

Posted Jan. 4, 2012

Rockwell group photo As part of their class work, horticulture students Robin Cannon, Darci Gagne and Sarrah Moskin are creating a 10-15 year master landscape plan for the Rockwell Springs Trout Club in Clyde, Ohio. The club, which is more than 100 years old, is a fly fishing establishment that includes not only the fly fishing stream, but also facilities for dining and overnight accommodations.  The ladies' experiential learning involves creating a landscape plan, complete with a plant list that the club can use in the coming years.

Program Director Stan Jones explained that through their plan, the ladies are trying to improve on the club's natural area and screen the stream from an unattractive highway. In addition, this plant material can help shade the stream, keeping the waters cool and the fish active.

"This is teaching the students a new area of horticulture expertise," Jones said. "It's a unique type of design. It's different than just designing for a commercial group, such as a bank, or a residential site," Jones said. "They have to use their horticulture knowledge to solve esthetic and environmental issues."

In addition to taking into consideration the aesthetics and fly fishing, Jones said the students must be cognizant of the type of materials they use, including pesticides. Plus, they must create and maintain proper drainage. "We don't want chemicals or undue sedimentation running into the stream and killing the fish," Jones said.

Rockwell Club logoSenior Sarrah Moskin said their plan includes introducing endangered plant species into the landscape, including the Western Sunflower. She suggests the club uses grasses along the stream banks to help with erosion. In addition, certain plants such as milkweed will help attract insects, which will in turn feed the fish naturally.

In February, the group will present their master plan, a color rendering of the site along with a power point presentation and bound report to the club's board members. As a thank you for the work of Kent State University students, the trout club is donating money for horticulture student scholarships. Jones said other students will be able to assist the club as part of an on-going class endeavor.

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Photo:
Horticulture Faculty Coordinator Maurice Peoples (back left) and Horticulture Program Director Stan Jones (back right) are working with students Darci Gagne, Robin Cannon and Sarrah Moskin (front, left to right) as they complete a 10-15 year master landscape plan for the Rockwell Springs Trout Club in Clyde, Ohio. The ladies’ experiential learning involves creating a landscape plan, complete with a plant list that the club can use in the coming years.

Media Contact:
Ruth McCullagh, rmcculla@kent.edu, 330-337-4247