HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein Releases ‘Planting Seeds of Greatness’ Book

High Point University First Lady Mariana Qubein released “Planting Seeds of Greatness,” an eight-chapter book that illustrates the beauty of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 15, 2019 – The High Point University family gathered on Nov. 14 to celebrate the release of “Planting Seeds of Greatness,” a book that showcases the growth of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on HPU’s campus, as well as the leadership of HPU’s first lady, who spearheaded that growth and for whom the gardens are named.

During the special ceremony, Mariana Qubein discussed the book and its eight chapters, which are filled with hundreds of photos and scientific information about the 3,700 taxa of plants located throughout campus. The book also explains how HPU’s gardens serve as a valuable learning tool for students and faculty, while attracting many visitors and accolades.

“I am so proud of what our gardens have become,” said Qubein. “We planted our first garden in 2006 with the rose bushes in front of the Smith Library, and we went from there, one garden at a time. This book is a beautiful collection of HPU’s gardens, and an example of how we plant seeds of greatness with our students.”

To purchase a copy of “Planting Seeds of Greatness,” visit https://engage.highpoint.edu/hpugardens. All proceeds will benefit HPU’s Extraordinary Education fund.

In 2006, Qubein formed an arboretum committee to find ways to expand the university’s collection of trees and create an array of botanical gardens around campus. She and her husband, HPU President Nido Qubein, believed a beautiful campus would create an academic Garden of Eden where students could learn, grow and respect what God has provided.

Garden Book Release

During the ceremony, Mariana Qubein discussed the book, which is filled with hundreds of photos and scientific information about the 3,700 taxa of plants located throughout campus.

Today, HPU has 28 gardens, nine plant collections, more than 700 taxa of trees, and a future conservatory that will bring the beauty of the arboretum and botanical gardens inside for research and enjoyment. 

Qubein is an alumna of then-High Point College, where she earned a degree in biology. When her husband, Dr. Nido Qubein, became HPU’s seventh president in 2005, she went back to her academic roots and recruited professors and students to create an arboretum committee.

She wanted to help transform her alma mater into a tree-canopied showplace where nature lives, flowers bloom, and botanical gardens can become outdoor classrooms that can educate, inspire, encourage contemplation, and bring the community together. In 2009, the HPU Board of Trustees named the university’s botanical gardens after Qubein. 

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