High Point University has been recognized as a 2019 Tree Campus USA® for the 11th consecutive year and will receive this recognition during the annual Arbor Day Celebration on April 16.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 5, 2020 – High Point University has been recognized as a 2019 Tree Campus USA®, marking the 11th consecutive year the university has received this designation.
HPU is one of four in North Carolina to have been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for 10 or more years. Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
“Over the last decade, we have put a priority on developing the gardens and arboretum,” says HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who inspired the vision for the campus arboretum and gardens. “This award recognizes the results of the great time and effort committed by staff and volunteers to make the gardens what they are today.”
Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008, recognizes colleges and universities who meet the following 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.
The university will be presented with the Tree Campus USA honor during the annual Arbor Day Celebration on April 16 at 4 p.m. on the Mahler Promenade outside of the Wanek School of Natural Sciences.
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.
“Through our hard work and God’s care, we have truly transformed the campus of HPU,” said Qubein.
In 2019, Qubein released “Planting Seeds of Greatness,” an eight-chapter book that illustrates the beauty of the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. To learn more about the 27 botanical gardens on campus, purchase a copy of the book at https://engage.highpoint.edu/hpugardens. All proceeds will benefit HPU’s Extraordinary Education fund.