MCC's Arboretum is comprised of several venues located throughout the
70-acre campus. Among them is the Pool Garden.
The “Pool Garden” was designed around the swimming pool previously used
by the soldiers at Fort Omaha.
In 1984, Building 10 was completed and Metro’s Horticulture Department
was asked to plant vegetables and annuals around the building and in the
former pool garden area. The Grounds and Maintenance Department provided
help to break up the concrete bottom and fill it with soil, peat moss, sand
and other media. The pool was filled by 1985 and annuals and vegetables were
planted there for two years. In 1987, Horticulture Department students drew
up designs to complete assignments for their Landscape Design class and began
working the garden in the Landscape Operations class. This garden has been
an on-going project ever since.
The Pool Garden has provided resources for many student classes and outdoor
classrooms. The perennial classes plant and study the flowering perennials.
The annual classes plant annuals each summer and maintain the entire Pool Garden
until summer courses end. Shrub classes use this area for their pruning and
identification labs. Biology courses also use the Pool Garden to inspect different
aspects of plant material and also collect insects.
The Pool Garden is enjoyed by the many visitors to Metro, as well as the student body
and faculty members. A picnic shelter is provided next to the garden area for all to