Monthly Archives: April 2012

112 Years of Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2012

The Haverford College Arboretum has been celebrating Arbor Day by planting a tree on campus for 112 years. This year’s tree was Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ and was planted in front of Chase Hall. There had been a very large oak in the vicinity that had declined and was removed 2 years ago. This oak was likely planted a few years after the completion of Chase Hall in 1889.

The event brought out faculty, staff, students, neighbors and retirees. Plant dividends were offered to all and the participants assisted by ceremoniously putting a shovel full of soil in the hole. Arboretum Director, Bill Astifan and Horticulturist, Carol Wagner both spoke.

The tradition continues as the Arboretum staff thoughtfully replaces the lost trees with new ones to perpetuate an ongoing legacy of the beauty and majesty of the Haverford campus.




Celebrate Earth Day

Although Earth Day is officially on Sunday, April 22, 2012, the Arboretum has two events planned for today.

Come join the Arboretum staff as we plant more than 700 wild flower plugs in the Duck Pond meadow between the hours of 11am-2pm. This is the fourth year we will be augmenting this area with native meadow plants.

Later this afternoon, I will be reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at 4:30 on Founders front porch. The story of The Lorax is a favorite for all ages and there isn’t a better story to read for Earth Day.

Join us for either or both of these events!

President’s Native Garden

The native plant collection and garden at #1 College Circle is in full glory. Louise Tritton, wife of former Haverford President, Tom Tritton had this garden dedicated in her honor on Earth Day 2007. Spring ephemerals currently dominate the garden and will slowly give way to a progression of native woodland perennials, shrubs and trees blooming through early November.

The collection is home to more than 70 native species.

Tree Campus USA

The trees of the College have been a part of the ethos that is Haverford since 1834. One year after the college’s inception (1833), a committee hired English gardener William Carvill to lay out a “lawn” on what had been farmland. Today, Haverford College is the oldest planned college landscape in the country.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
Haverford College is one of five colleges or universities in Pennsylvania to have earned the recognition by meeting five standards: having a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, sponsorship of student service-learning projects, an event observing Arbor Day and dedicating annual expenditures for a campus tree program. This accolade celebrates and recognizes Haverford’s commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship.

Join us on campus for our Arbor Day tree planting, Friday, April 27th, at noon, Chase Hall.

More information about the Tree Campus USA program is available at

under the oaks at graduation

under the oaks at graduation