Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Site assessment and landscape planning strategy for the Student Garden at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
by Taylor, Carl, M.S., College of Charleston, 2016, 165; 10160172
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis project created a landscape design framework for the Student Garden at the College of Charleston that took into account stakeholder needs and landscape constraints, thereby allowing the Garden to better fulfill its mission. Steps for this project were to perform a stakeholder analysis to determine perceptions of mission, vision, and needs for the Garden. This was then paired with a landscape suitability assessment. The assessment was performed in GIS using available soil data from the Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO) to analyze for agricultural suitability.

Based on interview data, stakeholders considered the main mission of the Garden to lie in three areas: education, student research projects, and vegetable production. Landscape suitability analysis determined that the Garden was situated in the least favorable location within its available land area from an ecosystem standpoint. The landscape design incorporated the stakeholder needs of education, research, and production while proposing an expansion in a new, more centralized location that has soil better suited for agriculture along with new infrastructure. It incorporated a centralized building with office, rest area, and shaded work area that has facilities approved for vegetable processing for the CSA. Adjoining the building are beds showcasing sustainable agricultural techniques, greenhouses for seed starting and production, area for a food forest, and open fields for row crops.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vazquez, Victoria, Callahan, Timothy
Commitee: Stewart, Kendra, Ward, James
School: College of Charleston
Department: Environmental Studies
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Horticulture, Agriculture, Land Use Planning
Keywords: College, Hydrology, Site planning, Soil, South Carolina, Stakeholder analysis, Student garden
Publication Number: 10160172
ISBN: 978-1-369-15090-2
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