The Hokona Hall garden is located in a planter in Hokona’s western courtyard. The planter, formerly a fountain, had been defunct as a fountain for some time and was filled with parched dirt and lava rocks, surrounded by a hedge and largely invisible. Students decided to create a culinary, medicinal, and tea garden in the site. Labels have been left on plants so visitors can learn about the plants and their uses, and respectfully gather herbs. In summer 2010, students began by using donated plants and materials. In the process of researching the site’s history, students learned that, in its earlier days, Hokona Hall had a rooftop community garden shared by the residents of the formerly all-women’s dormitory. Many thanks to Plants of the Southwest for donating all of the plants now thriving in the garden.
The objective of Lobo Gardens is to provide the University of New Mexico students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to educate themselves and their communities about the practices and health benefits of growing one’s food in sustainable ways.
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