A Campus Full of Color

Image by Eloise Schieferdecker '16

Image by Eloise Schieferdecker '16

By Ron Anahaw ‘19

Bennington students, expect some more colorful flora life in the near future. While Vermont is well known for its abundant presence of beautiful white flowers such as daisies, dogwood, and trilliums, the college will be investing its money toward attracting a more diverse set of flowers to the campus.

“We really want to be as inclusive as possible,” says someone in Administration, hiding their name plate behind a fresh vase of Black-Eyed Susans. “We want flowers of all colors here. And we’re willing to pay even more money if it means getting more color on campus. If people are still asking where all the money goes, it’s going toward getting those flowers now.”

It’s not just your run-of-the-mill roses or sunflowers either. The newly hired Director of Botany and Greenthumbery, Rosa Lily, says that “we’re talking Phlox paniculuta, we’re talking bat orchids, we’re talking pansies up in this campus.” She pauses to whisper a compliment to her triage of succulents. She pets their pots. Continuing, she promises that “this campus won’t be a white campus anymore. Not a white flower campus, I mean.”

The response has been mixed from those few students who’ve read the news on the posters around campus. Trevor Harrington, a freshman in Fels, says that “while I love adding more plant life to campus, I never really saw color in the first place. Any kind of plant life is good with me.”

Rob Silverman-Ascher, resident of Leigh, disagrees. He says that “flowers should really only be let in on merit alone. The college shouldn’t spend more money on flowers just because they’ll add color. They should really add to the campus too. Like, what’s a Phlox paniculuta doing other than just being purple? Meanwhile we’ve got tons of hard-working daisies and dogwood here. If you ask me, we don’t need different flowers here.”

Meanwhile Rosa Lily insists that the college is making a good move. “All the colleges are doing it,” she says, putting away her succulents’ bedtime stories. She tucks in “Pax,” a tall and handsome aloe. “Legally it’s called ‘affirmative plant-tion.’ No one wants a garden with less than two shades. Don’t get me wrong. No one’s saying Bennington College didn’t have any colorful flowers before. We’re just investing more time, effort, and soil into getting even more.”

The next time you wonder where your money’s going, or why the campus seems more colorful lately, just look to the dozens of fresh beds of flowers around campus.