Adopt a Planter

 

The University of Alberta is known for its picturesque setting and historic buildings dating as far back as 1908. The environment instills both a feeling of belonging as well as a sense of pride among our community. As growth on our campus continues, the preservation of green space has been raised as a priority and outlined as a strategy in the 2003 Senate Task Force Report on Wellness. The report emphasized a need to increase opportunities and encourage participation in wellness and health initiatives across campus and encourage, promote and preserve green space on campus. The Adopt a Planter program provides opportunities to strengthen our campus community and further the University's goal of becoming amongst the healthiest universities in Canada.

Adopt a Planter is designed to encourage student and staff involvement by creating volunteer opportunities for individuals, faculties and departments. Therapeutic benefits of gardening are well documented. Gardening can help participants in coping with day to day stressors, it provides an opportunity to increase their level of physical activity and assists participants in feeling connected to their environment. Individuals or workgroups can adopt a planter or planters from our designated list to either care for or to create. Perhaps you might want to try your hand at edibles - you can give herbs, or even kale, lettuce, tomatoes, or peppers a try!

Applications (Agreement Forms) will be available online in February and will be accepted until April 30th. Planting will commence the week of May 23, 2017.  If you are interested in adopting a planter, please email your agreement form to org.health@ualberta.ca.

Options for the Adopter

There are two options that an adopter/adopting team can consider:

  1. Care For, or
  2. Create

General guidelines for adopting a flower planter as well as specific details for each option are as follows:

  • The flower planter must be adopted for one complete growing season (June - September)
  • Adopter may either be an individual or a group, however groups must identify one person to be the contact and liaison with HRS and Landscape Services (Facilities & Operations), preferably faculty or staff if possible.
  • Planting is restricted to only those areas identified by Landscape Services as Planter Locations. Landscape Services are open to reviewing all requests and will follow up directly with the requestor. (i.e. existing beds or planters not listed, requests for additional planters etc.).
  • Sign up is through completion of the Agreement Form on a first come basis
  • Adoptive gardeners are asked to review the list of current planters and note the desired location on the Agreement Form. Please provide a second and third choice in case your first choice isn't available.
  1. Care For

Under this option, the adopter is responsible for the general maintenance of the planter in the location approved by Landscape Services. 

    1. Visiting the site frequently to ensure good health of planter/bed (suggested 4-5 times per week after first planting; 1-2 times per week for remainder of adoption)
    2. Regular deadheading and weeding
    3. Providing their own hand tools for area maintenance
    4. Regular watering with fertilized water will be done by Landscape Services
    5. Removing and disposing of litter and weeds

Please send photos of your planter throughout the growing season to org.health@ualberta.ca so they may be added to the 2017 gallery!

  1. Create

Under this option, the adopter is responsible for creating their own design and planting plants/edibles they provide. In addition creating and planting, the following guidelines apply;

    1. Regular deadheading and weeding
    2. Providing their own hand tools for area maintenance
    3. Regular watering with fertilized water will be done by Landscape Services
    4. Removing and disposing of litter and weeds

Please send photos of your planter throughout the growing season to org.health@ualberta.ca so they may be added to the 2017 gallery!

 Responsibilities of HRS and Landscape Services, Facilities & Operations

  • Follow up with each Adopt a Planter Agreement
  • Provide approval for desired planter location or suggest an alternate
  • Regularly watering planters
  • Assist in providing planter design to adopter if desired
  • Acknowledge the adoption through signage placed by the planter and or provide signage of dedication if the adopter so desires
  • If at any time the Landscape Services deems the planter is unsightly, contact will be made with the individual adopter or adopter team lead. If identified issues are not corrected within five business days, department will remove the planter
  • Winter preparation of planters

 

Contact Us

Organizational Health and Effectiveness
Phone:
780-492-2249
Fax: 780-492-0798
E-mail: org.health@ualberta.ca

 

Adopt a Planter Application Form