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BACKYARD MEADOW: Leslie Starr, marketing manager and assistant director of the Wesleyan University Press, enjoys a natural meadow growing behind the Wesleyan University Press building on Long Lane. Staff at the press requested that their back lawn not be mowed so a field would develop. "We all like the idea of a more natural setting, and enjoy the wildlife that is attracted by a more natural setting," Starr says. "Our location is perfect for this, and we’d like to see even more of our property left to grow as a meadow next year. We also didn’t see the need to have anyone take the time or use the gas to mow."

Several plants and grasses have grown in the meadow such as this yarrow in full bloom July 16. Starr says she's witnessed deer and other wildlife passing through the meadow.
In years past, the press's entire lawn needed mowing. The new landscape, pictured at left, only needs to be mowed once or twice a year to prevent small shrubs and trees from taking over and forming forest land. Starr hopes more spaces on Wesleyan's campus will be able to be managed this way to eliminate grass mowing.
Kona, a German Shepard dog owned by Bill Holder, director of publications, enjoys romping through the press's grasslands. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)