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Stoffer Hall Native Plant Garden

Work began in 2023 to expand on the existing tallgrass prairie demonstration garden on the south side of Stoffer Hall. We started with a 1,000-square-foot area, replacing the existing lawn consisting of primarily Bermuda grass (an invasive species in Kansas) with 52 species of plants native to northeast Kansas. Our goal for 2024 is to expand the garden to include the entire south side of Stoffer Hall, approximately 3,000 square feet. This expansion will include removing grass and large evergreen shrubs and replacing them with species of native plants, creating a curated garden that will be used for formal and informal education.

The garden will be utilized by courses such as Systematic Botany, giving students an accessible area by Stoffer Hall to practice plant identification skills. It will also serve as an extension of existing efforts to expand public access to the biology department’s natural history collections, increasing visibility and public interest in ecological research. Having access on campus to a native plant garden will allow for outreach events like plant identification workshops that will foster connections with the Topeka community. In addition to being an educational asset, the garden will also be an aesthetic addition to campus that increases appreciation for Kansas’ native biodiversity.

Funds raised on the Day of Giving will primarily go toward topsoil, mulch, native plant plugs and educational signage. The project is a collaboration between the biology department, EcoBods, Women in STEM and the Facilities Services Department.

Highest Number of Gifts
Gifts of any size matter, and they all add up to make a major difference at Washburn University. These projects or funds have the highest number of gifts making an impact today!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 Men's and Women's Golf 98
2 $1,750 Mass Media Career Accelerator Fund 96
3 $1,250 Sports Traditions and Cultural History of London 80
4 $500 Adopt-A-Turtle 78
5 $500 Volleyball 40
Highest Dollar Total
Your generosity shapes Washburn University's future and the opportunities available to students. Thank you for giving to these projects and departments!
Rank Department Raised
1 School of Business Dean's Fund $20,355.00
2 Jim Concannon Deanship $11,535.00
3 SOL Summer Public Interest Stipends $11,434.00
4 Mulvane Art Museum $11,150.00
5 Dean's Fund & Scholarships - Law $9,425.00
Stoffer Hall Native Plant Garden
Bill & Emilie Gahnstrom will match dollar-for-dollar up to $1,000 toward the Stoffer Hall Native Plant Garden.
$1,000 MATCHED
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