Quantifying water conservation in the Founders Memorial Garden
Kelleher, Samuel Vahid
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This thesis uses several tools to calculate stormwater runoff and water need for the Founders Memorial Garden on the campus of the University of Georgia. These data have never been documented and should allow garden administrators to make better informed management decisions. The current condition of the Garden is first established, and is then compared to possible changes. The justification for undertaking this research stems from one of the values for which the Garden was created, namely that of education, to be “A place of education for future landscape architects” (Owens). The general movement within society for creating a more sustainable future and increasing environmental pressures, such as drought, means that the management of historic gardens will have to respond to these to remain viable. The tools provided herein should assist efforts to keep FMG intact while bringing it into the 21st century.