IPB Faperta Beautifies Welcome Area Park

Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB University (Faperta of IPB) rearranged the Welcome Area park at the Faperta Campus. The restructuring activity of Faperta Welcome Area park aimed to group plants based on the genus and height of the plants.

Since 1999 IPB Faperta has had outdoor space containing plants that have grown to an adult size. Many shrubs and groundcovers under the shade of large trees cannot grow optimally due to lack of sunlight. Therefore, cutting trees and branches of large trees was done, so that the park space in the Welcome Area of Faperta became wider.

Dr. Akhmad Arifin Hadi, Lecturer in the Planning and Landscape Design Study Program at the Faculty of Agriculture, IPB, said that the park rearrangement activity aimed to beautify the park and also improve solidarity sense among supporting staff, lecturers, and department and faculty leaders. "The Welcome Area Park of the Faculty of Agriculture is actually quite beautiful, but to eliminate the monotonous impression on the look of the park, we are trying to reorganize the plants within the park to make it more attractive," said Dr. Akhmad.

In the past, the design of the Faperta Welcome Area used many tea species as the border line, which seperated the park from the sidewalks, conblocks or terrace buildings. Based on the guide from Basic Elements of Landscape Architectural Design book written by Norman K. Booth (1983), plants that are planted in line can have a screening effect that limits the visual view of humans from the sidewalk to the park. Therefore, the border plants are replaced with various new plants arranged harmoniously with minimal pruning such as spider plants, Philodendron xellum and Bromelia in order to ease the burden on the staff who take care of the park. These plants require low maintenance. However, plants that require intensive pruning, such as red spinach and Coleus, are still used to avoid the plant's monotonic form.

According to Dr. Akhmad, in addition to plants, the area also uses white corals as a border to reinforce the pattern of planting. Similar plants are planted close together to look compact and in groups. Higher plants are placed away from the road and the lower ones approach the road so that the plant composition is clearly visible from the road.

"The existence of two trees of Albizia saman at the end of the Welcome Area park are important because they provide a strong identity and efficient shade at the Faperta Welcome Area. At first the plants which were under these trees were not planted tightly and seemed rough because Sansevieria shrubs, Diffenbachia and Blancing were used," said Dr. Akhmad.

Then the color of the soil which was still visible between the shrub plants reduced aesthetic value. In that section spider plants and Parishota plants as groundcover are planted so that the shape of the Albizia saman and Canarium nut trees which have their own aesthetics can be exposed. Both groundcover plants are tolerant with shade, thus, they can still grow optimally and strengthen the impression of tree trunks.

Furthermore, Dr. Akhmad said, besides giving a beautiful effects to the park, this activity was also intended to improve the work ethic of the supporting staff involved. The result of their efforts can be seen directly in the field. (ridho/ris/zsp

Published Date : 10-May-2019

Resource Person : Dr. Akhmad Arifin Hadi

Keyword : Welcome Area, Faculty of Agriculture