Freshmen plant their tree

As part of the Class of 2018 Customs Week and the Arboretum’s tradition of planting a freshman tree with the class, last Thursday turned out to be a beautiful day. Before the campus was busy with the full student body, an Okame cherry tree, Prunus ‘Okame’ was planted along the walk from the sundial steps to the track. This tree will join the ranks of an eight tree allee.  Four nondedicated cherries and three  freshman class trees from, 2010, 2015 and 2017 in the allee, make for a stunning early April tunnel of pink blossoms.

the Class of 2018 gather to plant their tree members of the freshman class plant an Okame cherry tree

Welcome Class of 2018

Welcome to the Class of 2018, returning ‘Fords, faculty and staff.

The Arboretum invites all 18s to assist in planting your Freshman tree.  This year an Okame Cherry will be planted in your honor by the playground on Leeds green.  The time for planting is 9:30am, Thursday August 28th.

The Arboretum staff will again plant themselves in the DC for its 27th Annual Freshman plant giveaway and plant sale. You will see us there Tuesday through Thursday, September 2,3,4 th from 9am-2pm. All 1st years will receive a free house (dorm) plant.  We will again have larger plants for faculty, staff and students to purchase for $12.00.

You’ll see the Arboretum and Grounds crew out mowing, weeding, planting trees, raking leaves and hopefully not shovelling snow !   Be sure to say , “Hello”.

Enjoy a few images from the previous year and you’ll see what a wonderful treasure Haverford is.


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Up to Twenty

Haverford’s Pinetum is home to a diverse collection of conifers; that is a plant that bears cones. The Pinetum was planted in the late 1920s and the arboretum staff continues to add new species and young specimens to maintain a varied and distinct collection. You can experience twenty different types of pine trees in the Pinetum. Just last week we added the twentieth species, Pinus glabra. Commonly called cedar pine, Walter pine, or bottom white pine, the tree is native to the lower coastal plain states of the southeastern US. and not common in cultivation. Characteristically, pines will not thrive in periodic wet conditions or shade, Pinus glabra will. Most sources suggest its hardiness in zones 7-9. Haverford is listed as zone 6b, not far off considering global warming! With the help of our summer students, three of these trees were planted on the upper portion toward Swan Field.





Let me thank our students in this forum as their enthusiasm and good natured approach they brought to work every day made the summer more tolerable. They are Josh Servellon Class of 2014, Alex Love and Michael DeWolf Class of 2015 and Bethany Simmonds and Miwa Wenzel, Class of 2016.  thanks guys and I’ll see you when the semester starts.

Be Happy, Spring is Here

Three great things happened today.

1. I’ll bet a lot of you didn’t know today is the International Day of Happiness.
2. It is of course, the first day of Spring.
3. We planted containers around campus today with pansies.

After the second snowiest winter on record, we are all ready for Spring. Thanks to these smiling faces, we can put winter behind us. (fingers crossed?)

Be Happy

Ice Ice, Baby

What a beautifully dangerous day this February 5th was. It started sleeting in the midnight hour, the College lost power in the neighborhood of 4am and seamlessly continues to operate on generator backup. The Grounds and Arboretum crews set out at 5am to attempt a salting and sanding mission on walks and roads. As the weather worsened, even we were called back to the facilities garage to keep us safe from the constant breaking of our treasured trees. Classes were cancelled mid morning. By 11am we set forth to assess the tree damage as best we could. The list we were generating was fluid as limbs continued to giveway under the burden of heavy snow from a few days earlier and the accumulated ice of the day. The sound of popping wood and limbs crashing to the ground could be heard throughout campus all day. A heart wrenching sound.

Please enjoy this haiku sent to me from two of my Arboretum student workers Abby Fullem and Adriana Cvitkovic both Class of 2016.

Wintry mix from hell
Ice weighs down hearts and branches
We mourn for the trees.

thanks ladies, we do mourn for the trees


the siberian elm at Harris Rd bus stop

the siberian elm at Harris Rd bus stop

Bridge over RR Avenue looking toward the Haverford School

Bridge over RR Avenue looking toward the Haverford School

heavy with ice the dawn redwood waits for spring

heavy with ice the dawn redwood waits for spring

the College sign on Lancaster Ave
the College sign on Lancaster Ave