By Jeff Floyd, MC Grounds Supervisor
Midland College Professor of History Dr. Jaime Águila and staff in the Midland College
Grounds department have worked together to create the first Earth-Kind® garden at
Midland College. The new landscape is located in the Marie Hall Academic Building
In fall 2020, Águila contacted us to discuss enhancing the courtyard. Dr. Águila
lives close to Midland College and frequently jogs and takes walks on campus. His
office is located in MHAB.
“I enjoy being outside, and I take great pride as many of us do about our campus.”
Midland College has a tradition of stakeholder support dating back to its founding
in the 1970s. In those days, residents frequently donated plants to help landscape
the campus. Almost 50 years later, we strive to maintain those original plants and
refresh the campus landscape through cutting edge horticultural practices such as
The Earth-Kind® environmental landscape system was developed by Texas A&M Professor
and Extension Horticulturist Dr. Steve George. His method combines the best of traditional
and organic gardening to create beautiful low-maintenance landscapes. Two key components
of Earth-Kind® include extensive soil management and proper plant selection.
The garden in the MHAB courtyard consists of salvias collected on the roadside from
several Texas counties. Observing their performance will provide an opportunity to
determine which salvia grows best in our region with the lowest maintenance. Crockett,
Gillespie and Val Verde Counties are represented at this time. Another salvia in
the garden was first collected by Texas horticulturist Greg Grant. It is now grown
and sold internationally as Henry Duelberg. We’ve also installed a particularly tough
variety of catmint that was originally discovered growing in a garden in Ireland.
The catmint, known as Walker’s Low, was named perennial of the year in 2007.
Dr. Águila actively helps to maintain the new Earth-Kind® garden in the MHAB courtyard.
“Working in the new MHAB garden serves as stress relief from grading history essays
and allows me to help keep our campus beautiful,“ Águila stated.
We invite all to see the new garden as you enjoy the Midland College campus and the
cooler fall temperatures.