Tennessee State University
Volume II, Issue
Harris Fund for Washington
County, East Tennessee Fountation:
A grant of $4,000 was awarded to the Arboretum to develop a demonstration
garden with the theme of "Trees for Tomorrow in Upper East Tennessee."
The funds will be used to purchase exciting trees whose combined flowering
periods span the growing season, new conifers for effective year-round
screens, and attractive trees for use under power lines. Outreach to the
public will be facilitated by a brochure and an audio CD describing the
trees selected for display. In addition, a speaker series will highlight
novel plant introductions. The theme garden will be located in the high
traffic/high visibility area along State of Franklin Road between Southwest
Avenue and the MiniDome. Campus horticulturalist Kathleen Moore is developing
a landscape plan for the site with plantings to take place in the spring
and fall 2003.
Stanley Smith Horticultural
Trust: The Arboretum received its full request of $18,300. The
grant will fund acquisition of plants for several theme plantings. The
most ambitious will feature eastern Asia-eastern North America "sister
species" — that is, closely related trees and shrubs, one from
each continent. The theme was chosen to demonstrate the similarities of
the floras of these two regions of the world. The Asian-American theme
has already begun with the recent planting of Asian counterparts to some
of our most interesting local species, including the Chinese tulip poplar
and tupelo gum, Japanese silverbell, and Asian sweet shrub. Other theme
plantings will feature a magnolia collection, buckeyes and horsechestnuts,
dogwoods, and members of the styrax family. A self-guiding brochure, audio
CD, and seminar speaker will help provide interpretation. In addition,
during the summer of 2003, the Arboretum will sponsor a two-day workshop
New Plants and Theme Gardens
•A shipment of 30 plants, all
of Asian origin and most representing recent introductions to the United
States, was received from the National Arboretum in October. These plants
will be placed in a propagation area until large enough to move to a display
•Arboretum staff visited Yadkin Valley Nursery for the purpose of
purchasing dwarf conifers for the soon-to-be-established Veterans Memorial
Dwarf Conifer Garden. The new garden will be located in front of Brooks
Gym to replace the Trial Garden, which was discontinued by UT-K. Kathleen
Moore is designing a landscape plan to complement the new ETSU Veterans
Memorial. Thirty-four dwarf conifers were acquired with financial assistance
from the Meadow View Garden Club and the ETSU Veterans Association. The
garden will include planting beds with drip irrigation, topographic relief,
and rocks to highlight the varied shapes, colors, and textures of the
Services Available from the ETSU Arboretum
Walking Tour Brochures: Noteworthy
Trees of the ETSU Arboretum and Coniferous Trees of the ETSU Arboretum
—contact us for free copies for you or your group.
Guided Tours: Arboretum representatives are available
for free guided tours for educational groups. Contact Dr. Tim McDowell
(phone: 423-439-8635; email: email@example.com) to arrange times.
In the works: Our web site should be up and running by
the end of January; a map of the ETSU Arboretum, listing and locating
180+ tree species, will be completed in February; a new brochure will
show off our giant trees on the ETSU campus; and an audio walking tour
for the visually impaired will soon be available.
Thursday, February 20, 2003
7:00 PM, Forum Room (third floor), Culp Center, ETSU—Seminar: “New
Plant Intro-ductions from Asia,” pre-sented by Mr. Brian Upchurch,
Highland Valley Nursery, Fletcher, N.C. This seminar will complement the
Arbor-etum’s efforts to feature eastern Asian “sister species”
and the shipment of Asian origin plants from the National Arboretum.
Friday, March 14, 2003
1:00 PM, Borchuck Plaza in front of Sherrod Library, ETSU—Arbor
Day Celebra-tion Tree Give-away (4 species this year!), plus arboretum
tours and unveiling of new certification kiosk. Last year’s giveaway
was a huge success. Join us and get your free trees.
Saturday, March 15, 2003
10:00 AM, Room 212, Brown Hall, ETSU—Tree Pruning Seminar and Workshop,
presented by Dr. Bruce Fraedrich, Bartlett Tree Services, Raleigh, N.C.
Lecture first then demonstration on the ETSU grounds. Dress appropriately
for the March weather.
Brian Upchurch was the 1998 recipient of the North Carolina Association
of Nurserymen Rising Star Award and he is the 2003 President-Elect of
the Association. Since 1993, Brian has owned and operated Highland Creek
Nursery in Fletcher, N.C. The wholesale nursery, which specializes in
rare and unusual woody ornamentals, has recently added an emphasis on
specialty conifers. As part of his program to propagate and introduce
exciting new woody plants to horticulture, Brian has traveled extensively
to gardens, nurseries, and arboreta in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Brian’s talk and slide presentation will highlight some of the new
plants he has introduced, and he will explain their uses in modern landscapes.
Bruce R. Fraedrich
Bruce R. Fraedrich, Ph.D., is a plant pathologist with the F.A. Bartlett
Tree Expert Company. He is the Vice-President for Research at Bartlett
Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, N.C. He directs programs in shade
tree disease management and arboriculture with an emphasis on pruning,
hazardous tree evaluation, and tree management plans. Dr. Fraedrich will
first present a seminar on approaches and methods of pruning that will
be followed by a pruning demonstration on the ETSU grounds.
The Driving Force Behind New Initiatives
Ms. Susan Antkiewicz: Susan coordinates a host of Arboretum
activities, including newsletter mailings, organization for trips and
seminar speakers, signing trees, record keeping for the mailing list,
and spreading general good humor.
Marci and Mark Dunaway: The Dunaways helped develop a
soon-to-be-released audio walking tour of coniferous trees. The audio
tour is designed to help individuals with visual impairment learn to identify
coniferous trees using non-visual cues based primarily on the touch and
Ms. Nancy Fischman: Nancy is the electronic technology
guru. She has been designing the new Arboretum web site as well as layout
for newsletters and brochures. Look for the web site at http://www.etsu.edu/arboretum,
to be launched soon.
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Tax exempt donations are
appreciated and can be sent to:
East Tennessee State University
Department of Biological Sciences
Johnson City TN 37614-1710