Monthly Archives: October 2011


Plant One Million Trees !  The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society (PHS)  has launched a multi-state tree planting agenda.  Three states and thirteen counties in the region are driving this ambitious campaign.  Pennsylvania (PHS) is combining forces with partners in Delaware (Delaware Center for Horticulture) and New Jersey (New Jersey Tree Foundation).  PHS President Drew Becher states, “Plant One Million will have a major impact on the environment and the economy of the whole region.”  By the way, Drew was our guest speaker at the Arboretum’s Annual Dinner last month!

Haverford’s history with trees can be traced back to 1834 when English landscape designer William Carvill was hired by the college to “lay out the land.”  Today we perpetuate those ideals as we continue to add to our more than 2000 labeled tree collection.  The Arboretum will be submitting forty seven more trees planted this season to the count as we wrap up planting for the year.

You don’t have to be a municipality or college campus to participate.  Every tree counts, even the one you may have planted in your front yard this summer.  Learn more at

Annual Arboretum Association Dinner

One week ago tonight, Founders Great Hall was comfortably occupied as retired and current faculty, staff, administrators, friends of the Arboretum, alums and current students came together for this annual event.

The setting sun cast long shadows in the Great Hall as the “cocktail hour” came to a close and we invited guests to find a seat.  Arboretum Association President, Lathrop Nelson welcomed everyone and opened with a few remarks.  Lathrop’s six year term as President came to a close that night.  Bill Astifan, Director of the Arboretum spoke next and thanked Lathrop for his tireless work and leadership.  Bill presented Lathrop with a bench that will be placed on campus.  I would like to thank him in this forum for his generosity and dedication to the Arboretum.  We all enjoyed a well prepared meal before settling in for the evening’s guest speaker.

Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society addressed the attendees with his personal story and his professional journey to PHS.  The Philadelphia Flower Show and Plant One Million Tree campaign highlighted the many avenues in which PHS promotes horticulture and Philadelphia.

It is always a pleasure to welcome back to campus the alums and listen to their stories as they reminisce.  I regret not making time to speak with each of these ‘Fords:  Ted Lawrence ’42, Sam Hudson ’51, Pete Daorwart ’63, Matt Simon ’77 and Chris Chasin ’11.  we were also joined by current students and Arboretum student workers:  Jake Northatt ’12, Marissa Plowden ’12, Tamara Agins ’12, and Rebecca Kazinka ’12.  Thanks to our student workers for assisting in decorating and making the centerpieces.  It was a very enjoyable evening.