HPU to Host Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Members of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens committee accept the Tree Campus USA Award at last year’s Arbor Day Celebration.


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Guests arrive for HPU’s annual Arbor Day Celebration in the Cottrell Amphitheater.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 3, 2018 – The community is invited to join High Point University for its annual Arbor Day Celebration. The event will be held at 4 p.m. on April 19 in the Cottrell Amphitheater. It is open to the public. To reserve a seat, contact HPU’s Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or email concierge@highpoint.edu by April 17.

The celebration will include several special presentations, and each event attendee will receive a complimentary Magnolia kobus (Kobus magnolia).

HPU’s campus is home to the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, which boast more than 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.

During the Arbor Day Celebration, HPU’s commitment to developing a diverse tree canopy will be recognized with the presentation of the university’s ninth consecutive Tree Campus USA designation. 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.

Each year, the event offers a gift to attendees. This year’s gift will be a Magnolia kobus (Kobus magnolia).

“The Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at HPU have grown dramatically with the help of numerous supporters and gifts we have received,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein. “The beauty of nature surrounding our campus helps us be thankful. It is something we shouldn’t take for granted and should especially celebrate at Arbor Day.”

The celebration also will feature several faculty and staff speakers, as well as a special presentation.

Parking and shuttle service will be available from the new Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy parking lot on International Avenue. Attendees should enter campus from N. Centennial Street and International Avenue. In the event of rain, the celebration will take place at Kushner Networking Marketplace in Cottrell Hall.

The presenting supporter of this year’s Arbor Day Celebration is Davey Tree. Additional support provided by Price Nursery.

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