Honey Locust Garden

The Hon­ey Locust Gar­den was Massasoit’s first Sus­tain­able Land­scape, and was installed in the fall of 2008 by an Intro­duc­tion to Biol­o­gy class.  Before the project, the bed had a hon­ey locust tree (Gled­it­sia tri­a­can­thos), a few non-native shrubs and flow­ers, and lawn.  The stu­dents assessed the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the exist­ing site and decid­ed they want­ed to remove every­thing except the tree.  Under the tree they chose plants that pre­fer dry shade, and in the remain­der of the bed they plant­ed sun-lov­ing prairie plants. The stu­dents also chose to plant a diverse selec­tion of plants in a nat­u­ral­is­tic design, so that the gar­den could grow and change with less main­te­nance over the year. In 2011, oak­leaf hydrangeas were plant­ed in mem­o­ry of Lois Mar­tin, a long-time fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Math Depart­ment.

The fol­low­ing plants are in the Hon­ey Locust Gar­den: 

Shrubs

Grass­es and Grass-Like Plants

Wild­flow­ers