Monday, November 10, 2008
Situated on a 645-acre campus, the University of West Georgia Arboretum is a treasure trove of specimen and ornamental trees that provide beauty, shade and habitat. Now community and campus members can enjoy the lush landscape even more with the just-released UWG Arboretum Tree Walk guide.
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.
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. State officials declared West Georgia’s campus an arboretum in 2001 and 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. Charles Miller, ’07, designed both of the maps in the guide while working as a student assistant and as an alumnus for Hembree.
Guidebooks are available at the Visitors Center on Maple Street. For more information, call 678-839-6576.