June 9, 2021

Scarlet Jungles Seminar Plants Trees at Waterman Farm

What is Scarlet Jungles? A designed space. An entangled community. A space for intervention. Experimentation fieldwork. A documented space. An environment of education and imagination.

An experimental urban forest, Scarlet Jungles was established at Ohio State Waterman Farm in August 2018. This autumn, the space also served as the classroom for landscape architecture students in the Scarlet Jungles seminar. Returning in the spring, seminar students planted sycamore, swamp white oak, hickory, and persimmon bare-root seedlings as part of the ongoing project that examines forest design through planting, documentation, and speculative projection.

Scarlet Jungles provides landscape architecture students a hands-on learning experience of the step-by-step process of developing a successful riparian zone through the process of research, site and soil analysis, design, costing, site preparation, species collection, and planting. Students enrolled in the annual autumn seminar have the opportunity to explore the precise relation between species, soil qualities, and hydrology.