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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Willows/Greenhouse visit

Just some thoughts and events coming up...

Willows/Rain Gardens
An ESF LA student recently built a rain garden on marshall st. and tomorrow people are gathering to manipulate/bend/craft willow tree strips into sculptural pieces for the garden, if anyone is interested in attending that is taking place tomorrow (Saturday) begining around 8am and lasting for a few hrs

There is a childrens center on lamberth lane at south campus that has an outdoor play area/sculpture constructed from willows - I plan on checking it out sometime soon...if anyone else is interested, let me know!

ESF Greenhouses
a couple ideas i had when we were there...

1) fast growth plants that have useful fibers/ structural aspects- sugar cane, bamboo, willow
2) growing cotton plants... the fibers are pretty amazing to pick/use...if we want to grow it we should start soon though
3) plants that dont need water or soil (but require humid environments) Spanish moss is an example - it used to be used to stuff matresses--i loved how it drapes over other plants/structures & the color...I thought it would work for the raised beds..or even inside the house
4) making "cold frames"/ greenhouse tops for the mobile carts to allow plants longer growth periods in syracuse once it gets cold
5) definitely attempting to take kids on a tour of the ESF greenhouses...theres some great plants there - and ones the kids would love like venus fly traps, etc

Also today my friend Bonnie (the Landscape Architect) and I are going to 601 to look at the site so she gets an idea of what we have to work with ----she said its better to go in the rain so we see how the water drains...so i guess the bad weather is good for this atleast? ..if anyones around feel free to join


  1. we walked around the 601 tully lot and talked about:

    plants for property boundary- sadly bamboo is invasive and probably a bad idea, however native tall ornamental grasses & rasberry bushes could be a good combination

    Water Drainage- The soil is compact & a couple big puddles formed from the rain - it is a good idea to "soften the grade" of the land and slope it so the water draines out to the road

    Sidewalk entrance/barrier- possibility of trellises & ways to leave the side of the garden "welcoming" yet also have some distinction between public walking space and the 601tully yard/garden

    also talked about grasses as groundcover & ability to hand mow pathways through grass for design

    Possible activities for volunteers- pick up trash, pick up rocks&pile them for using as walls/sculptures, break down fencing, till soil, spread ground fabric( if we dont want undesired plants to grow back after tilling)