If you’ve never been to Mississippi State’s campus, one of the first things that people notice is how clean our campus is. Our landscape staff works incredibly hard to make sure that our campus is visually appealing and that what’s in season is showcased. Throughout the year we see beautiful beds of coleus or sweet potato vine, bright lantana, or tulips peaking through the pine straw. Our campus has tons of diverse native species utilized, so it’s a great teaching tool.
Being part of the Greek Life on campus, I walk past sorority and fraternity row nearly every day. Our houses are magnificent so it’s really no surprise that the landscaping is great as well. I am a ZTA and our chapter house has four very large crepe myrtle trees out front, so my favorite time for our landscape is late spring and summer when the trees are in bloom. Today I want to talk about my top three favorite landscaped sorority or fraternity yards.
3. Chi Omega, Phi Delta
From the white azeala bushes on the sides of the home, to the beautiful pink knock-out rose in the center, this yard makes a statement. This house is relatively new, so it’s no surprise that the exteriorscape is consistently great as well. The yard is framed by a few larger trees, so it’s a pretty cozy landscape.
2. Pi Kappa Alpha, Gamma Theta
ΠΚΑ recently had some work done on their existing house, and with it came this beautiful new yard. They have utilized the already standing white oaks in the front and have created large flower beds underneath. You can find pink azeala bushes, a few cast iron aspidistra plants, and quite a few monkey grasses. They also added a brand new fence for their back yard where you can find more azeala.
1. Delta Delta Delta, Beta Mu
The number one spot is going to the newest house on campus, ΔΔΔ. The previous house was torn down in the fall of 2015, and this beautiful new house was unveiled to the newest class of Panhellenic recruits in the fall of 2016. A dream come true for our Tri Delta girls, this house has a very nice outdoor garden patio to the left side of their house with a bench,several potted plants, and trees. The front of their house carries on the trend with white azeala bushes.
We are very lucky at Mississippi State to have as beautiful a campus as we do – I know it was one of the first things I personally noticed when I toured. The landscapes on Greek Row are what help make those houses homes. So tell me, what is one of your favorite parts of your college campus’s landscape?