A Hole New Yew

planting at Lloyd

Adriana Cvitkovic ’16 and horticulturist Carol Wagner with a Hole new Yew.

Foundation plantings are under-going a slight upgrade. Horticulturist Carol Wagner is replacing old and overgrown hollies at the Lloyd dorm entrances with new pyramidal yews, known botanically as Taxus cuspidata. The hollies might not have been the best choice when planted years ago; due to the fact that the amount of sun each received at all the Lloyd entrances varied greatly. This made for very inconsistent growth, some hollies were lush and full while others languished.  The yews perform equally in sun and low light conditions.  Carol guarantees that the yews will be in place well before the annual holiday lighting extravaganza.

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.

 

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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.