A Garden Field Trip in February

So last Thursday, the freshman LARCHies (that’s what us landscape architects call ourselves) went on a field trip to Longwood Gardens. It’s somewhere in Pennsylvania. The lovely day started with getting up at 5:45 in the morning. It was cold and icy. The bus driver said that he had been to Longwood Gardens before and that it was really nice, but of course, he went in May or June. You know, when there are plants growing and it’s not cold. But no. We went on Thursday, when it was cold, and plantless. Actually, there were indoor gardens to walk around in which were pretty cool.

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There was also this really cool indoor green wall.



I also took this fancy picture:



After wandering through the various gardens, we visited the gift shop where – true to our major – wIMG_5872e bought plants to keep in studio. Unfortunately, all the widows (they all open on some sort of mechanical automated system) had opened during one of the coldest nights of the week and had froze all of our plants. It was so cold in the building that my water bottle had also froze. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of my plant before the incident but I do have one from after.



Cardboard Models and Blanket Forts

So since my last post, some exciting stuff has happened. I went to my first ever club gymnastics meet at Ohio State. I also went to my second ever club gymnastics meet at JMU. Both meets went very well in my opinion. At Ohio State, I got 1st on bars, 1st on floor, and 3rd in the all around and Penn State Men’s and Women’s teams got FIRRRST! woo! Very exciting! The JMU meet wasn’t as great for the girls team (we came in third), but not too shabby I say. I got 2nd in the all around! yay!

Here are some pictures of me doing my thing at Ohio State:








So studio is getting very exciting. We are doing actual work! By that, I mean building models, which I like to do. We are learning about different “archetypal landscapes,” and building ‘rip and tear’ models to demonstrate each of the archetypes we learned. There are six:

Sky: It is a space that feels open and free, kinda like a sky on the ground


Sea: A landscape where you feel immersed


Promontory: One landscape that sticks out into another landscape


Harbor: The viewer feels safe (the back is protected), looking out at an expanding landscape


Island: Probably self explanatory. A patch of one landscape type, surrounded completely by another


Cave: A protected landscape with a strong overhead plane and a controlled view to the outside


I thoroughly enjoy my stick figure scale people.

Surprisingly, not much has happened in the last…3 weeks? Something like that. The only thing that happened was that I realized what a terrible mistake it is to go home for two weekends in a row. Why? Well I missed these two back-to-back weekends for meets. Both times, I erroneously believed that I would actually do anything productive over the weekend. I did nothing. I don’t have much of an excuse for that, but I was tired.

In other news, I have joined the PSU Ukulele Club.

Also, I have been gradually expanding the blanket fort I have created at the head of my bed. Here is a picture:


If you’re wondering, I am building this blanket for to block out desk lights when I’m trying to sleep and my fellow roommates are not. So far, it is working.