The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest
about the exhibit
The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest (ELEF) and Interpretive Center
The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest is located at The Ohio State University's Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory. It operates as a living laboratory for testing ecological and aesthetics qualities of forest gardens. The site work honors the legacy of Elusina Lazenby, the first woman to receive an MA in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University in 1926.
The forest gardens, as depicted in the dioramas in the interpretive center, are conceptualized, designed, installed and maintained by Knowlton School students and faculty. Each year, two 1-acre gardens are commissioned in a competitive process, open to students enrolled in the two-semester program centered on the role of forests in culture. In the first semester, students research and analyze representations of the forest in various media, including film, literature, legislation, and video games. The second semester is dedicated to interpretation of research and the development of a detailed proposal for a forest garden. Teams of students submit proposals--including construction documents, timelines, and proposed budget--to a jury of experts. Selected projects receive construction funding and are guided by faculty and local practitioners to ensure successful implementation of each project at Waterman Farm. The interpretive center, as represented in the Banvard Gallery at Knowlton Hall, explains the intent of each forest garden for visitors. Expert interpreters are also standing by to guide visitors through both the exhibits and the gardens.
The Elusina Lazenby Experimental Forest is funded by the Ohio State University’s Operation Human Interpretation Outreach and Outlook Healthy Institution Operation (OSU-OHIO-OHIO), and is operated in cooperation with College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
about the gallery
The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University.