Staff members name their favorite campus green spaces

It’s Your Yale is pleased to report that 49 staff members sent in the name and/or whereabouts of their favorite green spaces on campus. Here are the top three green spaces based on the number of entries that came in for each. The list below is presented in the order that the entries were submitted. The winners of the drawing for three prizes are: Sharon Anderson, Yale Health; Susan Butts, Peabody Museum; and Robert DeSanto, Development. Congratulations to these winners and “thank you” to all who participated.

First Place

(5 votes)

Second Place

(4 votes)

Third Place
(3 votes), a three-way tie

Farnum Memorial Garden Yale Farm Divinity School Quadrangle
    Kroon Lily Pad Basin
    Rose Garden behind Sterling Hall of Medicine


Staff members picked these green spaces as their favorite on campus:

  • Jan Zulkeski
    Genetics/Yale Cancer Center     
    The Rose Garden at Sterling Hall of Medicine
  • Mark Lacy
    Yale Hospitality
    Pierson Courtyard
  • Eric Traester         
    The lawn space where former President Taft’s house used to sit. It is between the Observatory & Bett’s House.
  • Daniel DiMaio        
    The Rose Garden in the Sterling Hall of Medicine
  • Sarah Nikkel          
    Office of Development      
    Yale Farm
  • Kathleen Martin    
    Old Campus
  • Alex Glidden          
    The courtyard in Sterling memorial library
  • Marta Goldman
    Development - Reunion Giving  
    I love the Yale Farm and hill behind the Planetarium! It’s a beautiful space and a pleasure to work with the student interns.
  • James Fullton       
    Yale Facilities Planning & Construction
    Jonathan Edwards College courtyard, especially when the tulips are in bloom!
  • Jeff Hughes
    Farnham Gardens—very few people visit there.
  • Lindsey Fraczkiewicz
    Park at Washington Ave and Cedar Street on Medical Campus
  • Juan Carmona      
    Clinical Trials Office          
    Marsh Botanical Garden
  • Lisa Dubois
    School of Forestry and Environmental Science
    The Yale Community Forest Garden located between Sage Hall and Kroon Hall.
  • Kate Gustavson   
    Kroon Hall Lily Pad basin
  • Ken Hajducky       
    Farnum Garden
  • Alan Hopkins         
    The grassy hill up from the Humphrey-Whitney bypass next to the Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center
  • Robert DeSanto    
    Healing Garden at Smilow (if that’s considered on campus). If not I’d say the JE courtyard in spring.
  • Jessica Brevard  
    Yale Hospitality   
    Greenberg Conference Center
  • Susan Butts
    Peabody Museuem
    Farnum Gardens!
  • Abigail Storch       
    The Divinity Quadrangle!
  • Hana Omiya
    Yale-China Association   
    Yale Observatory and field above the Yale Sustainable Farm
  • Brenda Naegel      
    Internal Communications 
    The Yale Far
  • Sharon Anderson 
    Yale Health Member Services Department      
    The Yale garden on Edwards Street! It brightens my day and makes the hill easier to climb!
  • Georgios Bouras 
    School of medicine/ Cardiology department    
  • Olga Levine
    Budget Office          
    Divinity Sterling Quad
  • Paula Zyats
    Library Preservation         
    The courtyard of the Hall of Graduate Studies
  • Christina Riley      
    My favorite green space is the 3rd floor of Kroon Hall (the Knob). It’s just a gorgeous space!
  • Leisa Strohmaier
    Cellular & Molecular Physiology
    The Rose Garden at Yale School of Medicine
  • Kelly Edwards         
    My favorite spot is the walkway behind the Yale Cabaret. I always feel transported to another place.
  • Joann DelVecchio
    Statistics and Data Science         
    The back and side yard of 24 Hillhouse. On a good day the rabbits are out playing!
  • Anonymous
    Sterling Divinity Quad
  • Christina Drexler  
    Yale College
    Robert Frost was right, the Branford courtyard is truly the most beautiful courtyard. It’s quite admirable during any season.
  • Sarath Kraus          
    Business Operation
    West Campus
  • Constance Carroll
    The area at the end of Hillhouse on the hill coming down from Beinecke with the large outdoor sculpture at the foot of hill
  • Denise Zielonka     
    Internal Medicine, Coding and Billing 
    Old Campus/Harkness Towe
  • Kathy Gerolami     
    There is a courtyard behind Sterling Hall, where the day care kids play.
  • Quetcy Rivas Maldonado
    Yale F&ES Admissions Office      
    F&ES courtyard areas—especially when the trees are in bloom
  • Dorothy Roy           
    YM/Coding and Billing      
    I love walking to the courtyard 358 College Street.
  • Julie K. Cohen        
    Pond by Kroon Hall
  • Heidi Herrick          
    Under the three European beech trees in Farnham Gardens
  • Terri Stenquist      
    My husband and I worked on opposite sides of the New Haven Green when we were dating 28 years ago and we would meet there for lunch.
  • Ed Mockus  
    Kenney Center Rooftop Garden and Patio—birds-eye-view overlooking the nearly 92 acres of athletic fields and facilities
  • Carol Allen  
    Child Study Center 
    The Child Study Center Courtyard with the frog
  • David Lewin
    Office of Cooperative Research  
    Divinity School sledding hill
  • Mark Aronson        
    Yale Center for British Art 
    Grove of paper birch trees planted on Hillhouse to the north west of Farmington Canal Greenway
  • Rachel Perler         
    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology          
    The lawn at Marsh Botanical Gardens!
  • Louise Wallace     
    Internal Medicine   
    The New Haven Green
  • Beth Purcell
    Cross Campus—in front of Sterling Memorial Library