By Lorrie Kyle Ramey ’70
Photos by John Logan | Fry Hammond Barr
Southern Comfort. Oaks, ligustrum, palms, an umbrella, and an expanse of lawn combine to make the Alumni House patio an outdoor living room.
Controlled Growth. The simplified plant palette is not only elegant, but easier to maintain. The use of integrated pest management—low-maintenance, disease resistant plant varieties; proper cultural practices (such as appropriate pruning); emphasis on biological controls (such as beneficial insects, soaps, and oils), instead of chemicals, and mechanical control (old-fashioned removal of pests and disease by hand)—has allowed the College to create an aesthetically beautiful and sustainable landscape that has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in water use and pesticides in the past five years. The renovation of Ward Hall provided an opportunity to put the principles into practice, creating a lush welcome for the building’s residents.
A New Dimension. Capitalizing on an existing oak to create a focal point, the treeshaded Ruth Lawrence duPont Terrace is one of the multi-level, open-air seating areas that connect the Cornell Campus Center and Mills Memorial Hall. Steps lead to the Miller Courtyard and Rita’s Fountain, which incorporates the Rollins seal.
Secret Garden. The green space between Rollins and Hooker Halls offers a Rollins-style oasis, complete with rocking chair— a new addition to loggia seating areas.
A Room with a View. The uninterrupted view from the Warden Dining Room. As part of the College’s effort to embrace its lakefront setting, plans for the Cornell Campus Center included removing the bleachers separating the building from the Alfond Swimming Pool and Lake Virginia.
“Beauty is a Civilizing Part of Life.” —Hugh McKean ’30 ’72H The Virginia S. Nelson Rose Garden, planted in honor of Mrs. Nelson’s thoughtful generosity to the College, has become a popular spot for members of the Rollins community and visitors. (It’s a favorite site for post-commencement photos.) The view toward Knowles Memorial Chapel is accented by Louise Nevelson’s sculpture Night Gesture I (1976-86), on temporary loan to the College.