COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M leaders welcomed the public last week to the opening of The Leach Teaching Gardens, which debuted as the colorful and thoughtfully designed centerpiece of Texas A&M University’s AgriLife complex.
Regent Tim Leach and his wife Amy led the fundraising effort for the project that provides several enhancements to Texas A&M, including:
- creating a beautiful place for reflection and thought,
- proving that flowers, trees and plants can be grown on challenging terrain, like many of the areas across Texas, and
- building an outdoor classroom where agriculture and other students can learn in variety of themed spaces.
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp sat down with Regent Leach last week to talk about the project. See the conversation here: https://youtu.be/Ds1c459YdKU. (Don’t miss the end for a good laugh.)
Regent Leach said the gardens highlight the exceptionalism of Texas agriculture.
“It makes it exciting,” Regent Leach said. “I think it highlights how beautiful our campus is, and I think it is going to raise the bar for other things we do on the campus for greenspace.”
Chancellor Sharp credited Regent Leach and Mrs. Leach for their vision to connect the campus with a beautiful and functional space. “He took this idea of a greenspace, and he has turned it into the Leach Teaching Gardens,” Chancellor Sharp said. “It is absolutely transformative of the west campus.”
For more information about The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M, see https://gardens.tamu.edu.
About The Texas A&M University System
The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.7 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the Texas A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $972 million in FY 2016 and helped drive the state’s economy.
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