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The Windmill Garden

The Windmill Garden

The native plant and pollinator Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College represents Texas’ new frontier: forward-thinking, community-forged urban spaces recognizing nature’s critical role in our world. The 4,000 square foot garden, created by a team of employees, students and community members, is open to the community as a place to learn, create or simply engage with nature and one another in one of the largest green spaces remaining in North Dallas.

In spring 2016, 134 generous supporters contributed to a successful crowdfunding campaign to plant and grow the Windmill Garden. View the crowdfunding and campaign video.

Purpose

  • To demonstrate the beauty and diversity of native and adapted water-wise flowering plants, shrubs and grasses planted thoughtfully and maintained organically
  • To provide habitat for valuable pollinators such as bees, wasps and butterfliesespecially the Monarchwhose migratory path through Texas includes Brookhaven College
  • To explain the interconnection between people and wildlife
  • To inspire the community to create habitat diversity in their own spaces
  • To enhance the college’s rich outdoor learning laboratory for our many constituents
  • To strengthen the link between the students, employees, parents and others associated with pre-K-12 education and college including:
    • Brookhaven College
    • Brookhaven College Early College High School
    • Head Start of Greater Dallas (on-site at Brookhaven College)
    • Local school districts

    Garden Features

    • 4,000 square foot space drip-irrigated with collected rainwater, supplemented as needed
    • Outdoor classroom hub
    • Beds shaped as a windmill blade
    • Nearly year-round bloom and fragrance to attract pollinators
    • Nectar and host plants, particularly milkweed
    • Elements for water, sunning and shelter

    Future Educational Features

    • “To Learn More“ onsite and virtual resources
    • Interpretive signage, physical and virtual
    • Student guides representing the college’s diverse demographics
    • Student-created solutions for various garden needs and future expansion
    • “Let Us Know” feedback points