Beginning in 2006, HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein began the development of an Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on campus with a mission to beautify the HPU campus and preserve the environmental surroundings using what God has provided. Through the assistance of committee members, students, and the landscape team at HPU, the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens have developed dramatically, now comprised of 22 gardens, several significant plant collections and over 350 different taxa of trees. The High Point University Board, in recognition for her tireless efforts and vision to bring to fruition the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, announced the naming of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum & Botanical Gardens in late 2009. All this is done with the goal of also providing unique educational opportunities for students and visitors alike.
At each of the 22 gardens, an information box is located containing a brochure featuring a map of that garden, and a list of included plants. The Arboretum is spread throughout the campus and is constantly being expanded with an overall goal of expanding the diversity throughout. Additions to the plant collections and expansion of the gardens is a continuous process so be sure to visit often and keep in up to date through our website and Facebook pages.
|Arboretum Committee||Student Arboretum Team|
|Mrs. Mariana Qubein||Elizabeth Gambel|
|Mr. Michael Imgram||Shelby Jones|
|Mrs. Irene Ingersoll||Ashley Galway|
|Dr. Susan Linker||Sarah Griffin|
|Mr. Matt Mahoney|
|Dr. Barbara J. Mallory|
|Mr. John Paulin|
|Dr. Kelli Sapp|
|Dr. Donald A. Scarborough|
|Dr. Gerald Smith|
|Mrs. Raylene Fealy|
|Mr. Jon Roethling|
|Mr. Stephen Potter|
|Mr. Troy Thompson|
|Dr. Nicky Hughes|
|Mr. Mark Peters|
|Mrs. Kay Maynard|
|Dr. John Turpin|
Each garden features an information box with a garden bed map and corresponding plant list. Please be sure to pick them up when visiting our gardens. For your convenience, all brochures can be found on each garden’s page.
In 2013 High Point University was designated as a “Tree Campus USA” for the fifth consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. HPU achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation with generous support from Toyota, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in environmental stewardship. The Tree Campus USA® program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests.
In 2013 the Arboretum grew to over 350 different taxa of trees in the collections and the collections overall grew to over 2500 different plants. High Point University is currently one of 72 campuses nationwide to achieve Tree Campus USA status for 5 years and one of 6 in North Carolina.
Cercis (Redbuds): 26 different taxa represented
Cornus (Dogwoods): 45 different taxa represented
Prunus (Cherries): 37 different taxa represented
Hydrangea (Hydrangeas): 60 different taxa represented
Rhododendron (Azaleas & Rhododendrons): 103 different taxa represented
Crinum (Crinum lilies): 70 different taxa represented
Magnolia (Magnolias): 27 different taxa represented
There are several ways to support the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at HPU.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist with planting and maintaining our beautiful campus gardens. Opportunities range from physical work (planting and maintaining the gardens) to indoor or clerical work (data entry, garden inventories, cataloging photos). Please fill out the form below if you have an interest in assisting us!
Support the Garden whenever you shop for bulbs!
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs (Gloucester, VA), who have donated tens of thousands of bulbs over the year to the gardens, has a program where by you can support the gardens anytime you buy bulbs for your own garden. Visit www.bloominbucks.com, select Mariana Qubein Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and a percentage of your order total will be allocated to purchases the garden can make.