WILD Wes Grows Labyrinth, Rain Gardens at WestCo Courtyard

Wesleyan’s WILD Wes organization (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design) has planted hundreds of perennials, fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and ground cover this summer in the West College Courtyard.

A rain garden attracts butterflies and other wildlife.

Black-eyed Susans glow in the garden on Aug. 14.

A newly-planted salt-tolerant shrub border lines the garden’s edge.

Many plants are covered in a light white fabric, which is designed to protect plants from the harsh sun and hungry critters.

In June, WILD Wes constructed their own “compost throne” out of repurposed wooden pallets. They also use plastic compost bins to help break down invasive and seeding weeds from the garden site.

WILD Wes designed the garden’s “social space” to be a labyrinth.

Learn more about WILD Wes’s West College project on this blog.