Monday, February 27, 2006

U of T's own "Garden of Discovery"


Did you know that U of T has its own "garden of discovery"? ZooWoods, located just north of Sid Smith Hall, has not always been the uninhabited green space it appears today and was actually created in 1994, meant to "increase awareness of naturalistic landscaping both for other members of the University Community and for the larger public community around us."

The garden includes species native to the GTA maple-beech forest system, such as the flowering dogwood, shagbark hickory, and common Witchhazel. The stump seen on the right was rescued from a dying red oak from High Park. It is a great example of Rotenberg's goal in chapter 5 of Low's Theorizing the City, to achieve Verhältnis- a relationship-with nature, and a key concept of the discourse of discovery (143).

For more on ZooWoods, visit this site by the university's Centre for Environment.

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