HIGH POINT, N.C., March 21, 2019 – High Point University is celebrating its 10th consecutive year as a Tree Campus USA recipient.
HPU is one of 16 North Carolina colleges and universities to be recognized for 2018 and is one of four in the state to have been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for 10 or more years.
“I am very grateful for the way our arboretum and gardens have developed in the last 10 years,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who inspired the vision for the campus arboretum and gardens. “It’s evidence of the great time and effort committed by staff and volunteers. When you walk throughout campus, the results shine through like the sun emerging from behind tree branches. Nature isn’t an easy environment to tame, but with our hard work and God’s care, our campus has transformed.”
The Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens at HPU are home to 3,700 different 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.
“With all of the growth that has taken place since 2005, we’ve had the opportunity to expand the selection of trees,” says Matt Mahoney, landscape manager at HPU for 23 years. “As we catalogued our trees for the arboretum, I realized we could add to our basic selections all sorts of varieties of oaks, maples, redbuds, elms, dogwoods, poplars and more. I have seen the smaller, newer trees grow into healthy, mature trees. As we continue to grow, we’ll expand our catalog with more varieties, cultivars, colors, textures and sizes.”
The university will be presented with the Tree Campus USA honor during the annual Arbor Day Celebration at 4 p.m. on April 25 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.