Senior Landscape Architecture students Jessica MacPhee and Katherine Rodriguez, who are participating in a six-week paid internship with the Rutgers Golf Course on Busch Campus, gave the entrance to the course a much-needed facelift this month.
As part of the internship, they re-designed the 250-foot long golf course entrance garden, a project that was overseen by Lisa Jensen, Rutgers Golf Course manager, and Holly Nelson, associate professor of practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture and director of the Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture program.
MacPhee and Rodriguez were aided by nine other landscape architecture students in installing more than 500 large pollinator-friendly perennials. Both students will be presenting theses about the golf course as part of the George H. Cook Scholars Program, an independent research and senior honors thesis program for SEBS undergraduates. Each student who successfully completes the program is designated as a George H. Cook Scholar at SEBS commencement.
In addition, to the golf course entrance makeover, both interns will conduct additional work to the garden as part of the internship experience. MacPhee will design a forest trail through the woods surrounding the driving range to provide neighbors with places to relax and exercise. Rodriguez will collaborate with University Facilities to study and help mitigate stormwater runoff conditions on the golf course. Phase two of the design will entail additional plantings around the golf course’s picnic hut in the Spring semester.
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