Current Container Design at Lowry Mall

Summer 2012

Succulents Rock On Lowry – Madeline Beyer
Mizzou Botanic Garden and the University of Missouri Geology Department collaborated to create rock display gardens this summer on Lowry Mall. The displays pair a variety of both hearty and tropical succulent plants with rocks -- including sandstone, tuff and basalt – found in Missouri and the southwestern region of the United States.
Because succulents are known for their ability to retain water in arid climates and they are easy to propagate, it saves energy and money to use them in the landscape. Succulents on a smaller scale are also used near the Chancellor’s Residence on Francis Quadrangle.
Mizzou Botanic Garden designers chose to include texture and visual interest to the displays and contacted the geology department. While it was not the first time Landscape Services had worked with an academic department, Charles Paxton, assistant superintendent of Landscape Services, said it was an ideal match.
“It made sense that the rocks would look good with the succulents for the summer display,” Paxton said. "Campus Facilities are always encouraged to look for opportunities to work with academic departments.”
The partnership provided an opportunity for Alan Whittington, a professor of geological sciences and advisor to the Geology Club, to share his knowledge of rock formations. During the spring semester, he took club members and undergraduate students on field trips and hand selected rocks for each display.
“I’m really in favor of outreach," Whittington said. "The fieldtrips are the highlight for students and the best learning experience. Instead of sitting in a classroom, they are actually excited about learning about rocks. This project gives them an opportunity to see the rocks they found in a garden environment.”
Mizzou Botanic Garden and geology department are also using technology to help excite and educate visitors. QR codes were placed on the displays that take visitors to Mizzou Botanic Garden’s website where more detailed descriptions of plants and rocks can be found, including field photos of many of the rocks and the botanical name of each plant.
Both Whittington and Paxton said they've enjoyed the collaboration and hope to collaborate in the future. Whittington hopes to someday have a permanent rock installation elsewhere on campus.
The succulent and rock display will be on Lowery Mall until late October.

Container Plants

Succulents:

Aeonium hybrid ‘Kiwi’

Aeonium

Aeonium hybrid ‘Kiwi’

Aeonium hybrid ‘Zwartkop’

Aeonium

Aeonium hybrid ‘Zwartkop’

Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’

Century Plant

Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’

Agave ‘Blue Flame’

Century Plant

Agave ‘Blue Flame’

Agave var. medio picta 'Alba'

Century Plant

Agave var. medio picta 'Alba'

Agave geminiflora ‘Rasta Man’

Century Plant

Agave geminiflora ‘Rasta Man’

Aloe hybrid GRASSY LASSIE

Aloe

Aloe hybrid GRASSY LASSIE

Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

Aloe

Aloe ‘Pink Blush’

Cotyledon ‘Happy Young Lady’

Cotyledon

Cotyledon ‘Happy Young Lady’

Crassula muscosa pseudolycopodiodes

Princess Pine Crassula

Crassula muscosa pseudolycopodiodes

Crassula ovata ‘The Hobbit’

Baby Jade

Crassula ovata ‘The Hobbit’

Crassula ovata ‘Variegata’

Variegated Jade

Crassula ovata ‘Variegata’

Escheveria ‘Metallica’

Escheveria

Escheveria ‘Metallica’

Escheveria ‘Silver Spoons’

Escheveria

Escheveria ‘Silver Spoons’

Escheveria ‘The Rose’

Escheveria

Eschevaria ‘The Rose’

Escheveria nodulosa x hybrida

Escheveria

Escheveria nodulosa x hybrida

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’

Firesticks

Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’

Haworthia cooperi

Haworthia

Haworthia cooperi

Kalanachoe thrysiflora ‘Fantastic’

Variegated Paddle Plant

Kalanachoe thrysiflora ‘Fantastic’

Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjacks’

Paddle Plant

Kalanchoe luciae ‘Flapjacks’

Sedum mackinoi ‘Limelight’

Japanese Sedum

Sedum mackinoi ‘Limelight’

Sedum mackinoi ‘Ogon’

Golden Japanese Sedum

Sedum mackinoi ‘Ogon’

Sedum morganianum

Donkey Tail Sedum

Sedum morganianum

Sedum nussbaumerianum

Coppertone Sedum

Sedum nussbaumerianum

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Angelina Sedum

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’

Dragon's Blood Sedum

Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’

Sempervivum

Hen and Chicks

Sempervivum

Senecio jacobseni

Weeping Jade Plant

Senecio jacobseni

Senecio vitalis ‘Blue Chalk Fingers’

Blue Chalk Plant

Senecio vitalis ‘Blue Chalk Fingers’

Annuals:

Portulaca oleracea ‘Rio Scarlet’

Moss Rose

Portulaca oleracea ‘Rio Scarlet’

Portulaca oleracea ‘Rio Yellow’

Moss Rose

Portulaca oleracea ‘Rio Yellow’

Rocks:

Amphibole Granite

Amphibole Granite

Basalt

Basalt

Basaltic Andesite

Basaltic Andesite

Bell Mountain Welded Tuff

Bell Mountain Welded Tuff

Devils Honeycomb Welded Tuff

Devils Honeycomb Welded Tuff

Iron Ore

Iron Ore

Lamprophyre

Lamprophyre

Quartz Porphyry

Quartz Porphyry

Quartzite

Sandstone

Sandstone

Sandstone

Taum Sauk Welded Tuff

Taum Sauk Welded Tuff