The old orchard north of Tritton Hall welcomed with wide spread branches its first new resident Thursday. For more than two decades the Aboretum has welcomed each incoming class with the gift of a tree. The Class of 2016 planted a Yoshino cherry, Prunus yedoensis. These students moved in on Wednesday and were given the opportunity to add their mark to the campus. The Tritton and Kim dorm construction impacted the old orchard, so what better way to begin a renewal of the site than to replant! The tree will be labeled stating, the name of the tree and Class of 2016, Freshman Tree.
The Arboretum welcomes back all returning students and encourages them to gain a greater appreciation and explore the historic college arboretum in which they live.
Welcome Class of 2016 and hello again to all returning ‘Fords, faculty and staff.
For the Sixteen, this is an exciting time on campus, you are joining the Community as the doors of Tritton and Kim residence halls open. These are the first new dorms on campus since the mid ’60s! You will also be living in an Arboretum. The Haverford College Arboretum is the oldest in the United States and to prove it there is a landscape design from 1834 in the college archives.
You’ll see the Arboretum and grounds staff out weeding, planting trees, watering, raking leaves and shoveling snow. Be sure to say, “hello”.
Join the Arboretum staff thursday, August 30 at 10am in the old orchard behind Tritton Hall. We will assist you as you plant your freshman tree. Then next week, Sept, 2-4, in the Dining Center all freshman can pickup a free plant for their room and have the opportunity to become a student member of the Arboretum and a proud owner of the ever popular Arboretum t-shirt.
Enjoy a few of my favorite images from this year and you’ll see what a wonderful place Haverford is.
I never like to witness a tree being cut down. On August 8th the community lost a sentinel red oak, Quercus rubra. While it had been in decline for a number of years, the Arboretum made efforts to stimulate growth and improve the overall health. It was recently decided by the Arboretum Manager, Bill Astifan in close consultation with Arborist, Jim Ward of the John B. Ward Tree Co. that the oak was a hazardous tree and needed to come down.
This red oak quietly graced a prominent spot on campus. After counting the growth rings, my estimation for age is approximately 114 years. Many will remember it on the south west corner of Barclay Hall. Parents and friends coming to campus passed under its branches on their walk to Commencement. Generations of ‘Fords enjoyed its cooling shade in their Barclay rooms. When the oak was planted on the south side of Barclay so many years ago, it was the intent that one day this tree would bestow shade to those rooms. Our oak did not disappoint on providing a cooling canopy or by offering a majestic and beautiful presence to the Haverford campus.
For those of you that have been faithful readers of my blog, you may remember a post dating to January 28, 2012. Here is the preamble for today’s offering as a quick refresher.
The Arboretum crew has begun the removal of Euonymus alatus, burning bush from campus. This shrub is an invasive Asian species. However, I would like to first thank two young men from the Shipley School, Chris Camerota and Mack Gallagher. They just completed a three week volunteer service project as part of their graduation requirement. A good portion of their efforts were spent on this one task. We wish them well in the fall as they attend Washington and Lee University and Lafayette University respectively.
Burning bush’s wandering tendencies are most evident in the autumn. They are easily spotted in the woods and other natural settings when their screaming red foliage brings them out of hiding in the summer greenery. The removal on campus has netted 23 mature plants. These plantings were more than likely installed 20-25 years ago, at a time when the horticulture profession might not have known of the plant’s propensity to be so troublesome.
Once the removal is complete, a site by site evaluation will be made as to a native species replacement or none at all. In the case of the plantings behind the Library we will be replanting the area with the native Chionanthus virginicus, fringetree and Hydrangea quercifolia, oak-leaved hydrangea.
Rarely does any arboretum of botanical garden chose to eradicate a species from the collection. The Haverford College Arboretum feels that this is one of those opportunities to educate the college community and protect the approximately 80 acres of natural land on campus.
- In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
- Between the crosses, row on row
- That mark our place; and in the sky
- The larks, still bravely singing, fly
- Scarce heard amid the guns below.
- We are the Dead. Short days ago
- We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
- Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
- In Flanders Fields.
- Take up our quarrel with the foe:
- To you from failing hands we throw
- The torch; be yours to hold it high.
- If ye break faith with us who die
- We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
- In Flanders Fields.
- John McCrae, 1915.
- The poppy referred to in the poem is Papaver rhoeas and commonly called the corn poppy.
- When I see a veteran selling poppies during the days leading up to Memorial Day I don’t hesitate to buy one. I do this to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country and to honor many friends and family members that have served. My nephew Brandon is a United States Marine. A mechanic servicing F-18 fighters, he will be deployed to Japan in September.
- We as a country, must never forget that the freedoms enjoyed and sometimes taken for granted would never have been possible for not the loss of life and heroism in the many wars through the years.
- The two images below are from the Haverford College Library, Special Collections. The Army Specialized Training Program (ATSP) utilized the campus and taught engineering, foreign area and language studies as part of the program to add non-combattant service students during WWII.
Working at a college, you put all your horticultural eggs in one basket, Commencement Day. The Arboretum and Grounds crews have spent the last few weeks manicuring and primping the turf, flower beds, tree rings and even wiping down trash and recycling receptacles for this Sunday. The month of May, we mulch.
Many times overlooked and often a thankless job, Mike P. (Pavlakowski) of the grounds crews puts down new sod along the commencement parade route. Grounds Manager,Claudia Kent wipes down the trash cans in front of the Dining Center.
To ensure the seating area is properly line out for chair set up, Grounds member, David Tierney works with mechanic, Len Sides. They use a string line and paint to evenly mark the rows for seating.
Haverford College on any given day is beautiful. However, on Commencement Day it is transformed to a higher place. It is with pleasure we present the setting for the graduating Class of 2012 with a campus landscape so beloved.
I wish the Seniors happiness and peace as they leave this place ready to start anew.
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.
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!
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.