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Landscaping Students from the Pohnpei Campus of College of Micronesia at the Embassy Residence

Setempter 27, 2011

On September 27, a group of 28 students accompanied by their instructor, Mrs. Toa Curtis from the College of Micronesia Pohnpei Campus, paid a visit to the Residence to study landscaping features in the front, side and back yards. Students also noted the surrounding coconut, banana, calamansi, breadfruit, and avocado trees which were planted before the building was constructed and have been incorporated in the perimeter as part of the Residence grounds.

The American flag stands at the center of the front yard. The flag pole is surrounded by flax-like foliage dotted with vibrant maroon colored leafy plants and a ring of honeysuckle evergreen shrubs. Directly facing the gate at the far end of the compound stands a fountain built with rocks and giant clams. Lush green plants flank the sides of the fountain and purplish orchids grow above it.

The entrance to the Residence is graced with a display of tropical plants in pots and bamboo. Climbing vines with lantern-like flowers grow on the two sides of the entrance wall.

The back lawns include raised beds of local flowers and English rose bushes. The side yard has a manicured walkway with non-flowering plants.

Students came away with notes and photos of the unique landscaping design of a diplomatic residence on the island.