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Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Laval Morris was the founder of the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
department at USU. He is an important figure in the history of our university the state and
intermountain region. One of the last remaining landscapes that he designed for the university is
USU’s Passive Recreation Garden.
Over time the garden has become degraded, overrun by invasive plants and was almost
completely destroyed in 2004. It is important to preserve and restore this garden because of its
importance to Laval and to the history LAEP at Utah State University.
My thesis is a documentation of the gardens importance and its history, from conception
to its current degraded state and everything in-between. I have re-discovered the original planting
plan for the site, found old photographs, meeting minutes and other correspondences and
conducted interviews of people who knew Laval and the garden and what it meant to him. As
part of my thesis, I am also documenting and influencing the garden’s reconstruction and
restoration plans for the future. From all this, I have put together as complete a story as I can.
Nelson, Jeremy, "Historical Restoration of USU's Passive Recreation Garden" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects. 56.
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