Wilson Homestead Garden

The Wilson Homestead Garden aims to integrate the agricultural program of the Farm and increase educational outreach in the Botanic Gardens by leveraging the existing Historic Wilson House that is located on the North edge of UDBG. The design incorporates interpretative vegetable gardens, areas for animal husbandry displays, and a working apiary into the garden that will function to educate the public on agricultural systems, urban/suburban gardening, and university research. Additionally a raised viewing perch will extend into the existing agricultural fields to the North of the Wilson Homestead Garden to promote educational and interpretative experiences. Researchers can work closely with the garden to develop an innovative program that can demonstrate and educate the public on the importance of research science.

Just south of the Wilson House we propose to place a pavilion to serve as an event space for the University. The site will overlook the Wilson Homestead Garden, the Four Seasons Garden, and the existing Farm. An attached catering kitchen compliments the existing programs by demonstrating the importance of agriculture and animal husbandry through farm to table events. A parking lot east of the Wilson House will service large events such as graduations, tailgating, weddings, and festivals while replacing the spaces lost because of the construction of the South Campus Green.