The High Point University family receives the Tree Campus USA recognition during the 2017 Arbor Day Celebration.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 23, 2018 – High Point University is a recipient of the 2017 Tree Campus USA award. This is the ninth consecutive time the university has received the honor.
HPU is one of 16 North Carolina colleges and universities to be recognized this year and one of only four to be included for nine or more years. Tree Campus USA, an
Arbor Day Foundation program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
“I’m proud of our team and our volunteers and students who help us keep the gardens and arboretum in tip-top shape, and I’m so thankful their hard work is recognized through the Tree Campus USA designation,” says First Lady Mariana Qubein. “Our purpose has always been to highlight the beauty of God’s creation, provide spaces for reflection, and offer a great variety of learning and research opportunities for our students and faculty.”
The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at HPU are home to 3,700 taxa of plants, including more than 700 varieties of trees. The arboretum and gardens feature several tree collections. These include 48 varieties of redbuds, 65 different species of dogwoods, 40 varieties of flowering cherries, and 171 different magnolias, which is the second largest magnolia collection in the state.
“Achieving Tree Campus USA for nine straight years is evidence of the university’s commitment to growing a beautiful and diverse tree canopy on campus,” says Jon Roethling, curator of the arboretum and gardens. “We continually work to expand our gardens and plant collections, in part to educate people about the great diversity out there, especially the lesser-known plants and selections.”
HPU’s Tree Campus USA award will be presented during the university’s annual Arbor Day Celebration at 4 p.m. on April 19 in the Cottrell Amphitheater.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. The award is achieved by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards: establishing a tree advisory committee, evidence of a tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for the campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.