Thursday, October 22, 2009
The University of West Georgia Arboretum is a treasure trove of specimen and ornamental trees that provide beauty, shade and habitat. Nature lovers are invited to enjoy the lush landscape that now has plaques identifying the unique species of trees.
As autumn establishes itself in the region, the university campus will glow with color. Community and campus members are invited to enjoy the lush landscape that now has plaques naming the unique species of trees. An Arboretum Tree Walk guide is available in the Visitors Center.
The guide, compiled by James Hembree, university horticulturist and superintendant of grounds, celebrates the official status of the campus as an arboretum by mapping and identifying 77 Centennial and Tree Walk trees planted along pathways, classrooms, streams and fields. West Georgia has had state recognition as an arboretum since 2001.
The Arboretum Tree Walk begins at Front Campus Drive and Maple Street and winds around the west, east and northern boundaries of the main campus. From Asian Kousa Dogwoods to Southern Magnolias, the informative booklet and beautiful landscaping will educate and delight nature lovers.
In addition to the Arboretum Walk, a map of more than four miles of nature trails located on the west side of the campus is also included in the guide. For more information, call 678-839-6576.