The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

The Green Infrastructure Pollinator Garden at the University of Utah

Don’t Miss the JOIN THE BUZZ Event: TUESDAY!

Tuesday, April 23rd.

Join your peers at the Marriott Library Plaza from 12:25-2:25pm!  The Honors Course: Art, Action, and the Environment will be hosting this event, complete with bee-themed food and pollinator outreach.


Imagine a smoldering late-August day on campus.  The pavement radiates heat and you struggle to find a place to take cover from the sun.  The walk from the Marriott Library to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts seems nearly impossible.  You wonder what will come first: the museum doors or your poor body in a puddle on the walkway.  Then, out of the corner of your eye, you see something breathtaking: a tree, shrubs, greenery! The space is alive with color and excitement.  And behold – a rock to sit on.  You take the scene in.  An oasis, a refuge.

It does not take long for you to realize that you are not the only creature taking refuge in this assemblage of habitat.  Bees buzz around you, busy transferring pollen from flower to flower.  Birds and insects swoop in and out.  There are even a few other humans enjoying the space.  A growing community of plants, pollinators, and Utahns.

And the best thing about it? It is not imaginary – at least not for long!  The Green Infrastructure Pollinator Garden is coming to campus.  In addition to providing beautiful plants, habitat, and spaces for taking a break during a busy day, this space will serve as an innovative solution for water management.  A winding bioswale channels and retains stormwater as it runs off from neighboring sidewalks, alleviating pesky flooding in the basement of Planning + Architecture.  Water-wise plants reduce irrigation needs while still providing benefit to humans and other species alike.  Altogether, this garden is the ultimate package and a welcomed asset to the University of Utah.



The rain has stopped and the sun has once again emerged over our green-infrastructure pollinator garden.  On April 19th, students and faculty in Biology and the College of Architecture + Planning teamed up to plant trees, shrubs, and flowers in the space.  With the vision nearly complete, we look forward to celebrating the success of this project and the new campus amenity it provides!  That being said, all are invited to the JOIN THE BUZZ event on Tuesday, April 23rd at the garden.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about pollinators and to eat and engage in fellowship with peers.  We look forward to seeing you at this event as well as out and about in the garden.

To read more about the project conception, click here.

Curious about the site design? The Green Infrastructure Pollinator Garden mixes innovative green infrastructure and engineering techniques with the best in landscape design.  This is a space that is not just beautiful, but also functional.

A full list of plants to be used in the Green Infrastructure Pollinator Garden is available here.