The second phase of LAEG hardscaping enhancements included the construction of a knee wall at the top of the garden bordering the Baldwin Hall parking lot and terminating with an entry portal at the top of the stairs the lead into the lower floors of Baldwill Hall. Another image from a different angle of the knee wall construction near completion. Workers near completion of the arched portion of the upper garden entry portal. The finished wall and nearly completed arched entry portal of the LAEG, February 2010. April 2010 image of new entry portal with Redbud trees in full bloom. April 2010 image of upper garden with Georgia native redbud tree in flower (to right), along side 2 northern Mexico native, white-flowered redbuds. May 2010: To arrest erosion of the steep slope along the stairs of the upper garden, LAEG staff planted several dozen of a very drought tolerant variety of creeping Rosemary. May 2010: Raised beds were planted at the rear of the LAEG greenhouse to grow Mexican and Central American species of Amaranthus, Tomatillo, and Chili Pepper. Propagules were first germinated in the greenhouse. May 2010: Several groups of 1st grade classes from Cleveland Road Elementary School visited the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden during a campus visit. May 2010, this year the LAEG planted a number of Latin American native annual food crops, including corn, beans and squash. Above are planting mounds of the “tres hermanas”, a common method of intercropping corn, beans and squash used for millennia by native peoples of North America, including Mexico and Central America. Image of Sonia Quiñones, hired by LACSI in 2009 to assume part-time maintenance duties in the LAEG. Sonia is responsible for general upkeep, including mulching, pruning, planting the garden and maintaining the LAEG greenhouse. May 2010: Group of faculty, staff and students attend the annual UGA MPA Visitation Day, held this year in the LAEG. June 2008: LACSI assistant director Paul Duncan leads K-12 teachers through the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden (LAEG). The teachers attended a 2-day workshop sponsored by LACSI and focused on pre-Colombian and Colonial Latin American History. July 2008: Physical plant staff, building contractors and LACSI staff attend a planning meeting in the LAEG to prepare for pending construction of walls and entry portals. The design for the new garden walls and entry portals were developed by UGA graduate students in the Landscape Architecture masters program. August 2008: Contractors survey and clear area around LAEG greenhouse and pedestrian footbridge for placement of wall to enclose the Thomas Street side of the garden. ugust 2008: Contractors survey and clear space for the second portion of wall that will enclose a portion of the Thomas Street and Baldwin Street sides of the LAEG. This portion of the wall terminates with an entry portal to be constructed over the stairs that lead into the garden from Baldwin Street (to left). August 2008: After foundation is poured and reinforced with rebar, workers begin constructing cement block wall to enclose the rear of the greenhouse and end at the pedestrian footbridge. ugust 2008: Contractors survey and clear space for the second portion of wall that will enclose a portion of the Thomas Street and Baldwin Street sides of the LAEG. This portion of the wall terminates with an entry portal to be constructed over the stairs that lead into the garden from Baldwin Street (to left). August 2008: workers level and seat cement blocks of LAEG perimeter wall.