Where better to celebrate Arbor Day than at the oldest campus arboretum in the United States? Every year the College’s arboretum staff adds a tree to its 200-acre collection, which includes century-old oaks and maples, rare specimen trees, small flowering trees, natural woodlands and young plantings of diverse trees suitable for a home landscape.
For this year’s celebratory planting, the Arboretum staff added a red maple (Acer rubrem) to Founders Green to replace the old monarch that had to be removed last winter for safety reasons (an arboretum staffer was injured when that tree, which was approximately 100 years old, dropped a limb).
The occasion brought out students, faculty and staff. Arboretum President Lathrop B. Nelson, Jr. and Arboretum Director Bill Astifan were on hand, and even College President Stephen Emerson picked up a shovel to help.