Tennessee State University
II, Arbor Day Special
Forestry Officials Present Arboretum Certification Plaque
The 2003 Arbor Day Celebration at the ETSU Arboretum features
the presentation of a placard of certification by Steve Roark and Tom
Simpson, State Foresters and members of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.
ETSU Arboretum is now one of 15 certified arboreta in Tennessee. Our arboretum
displays over 180 species of trees with label signs, map and self-guided
tour brochures. Many new trees will be planted this spring!
Talk and Workshop March 15
A Tree Pruning Seminar and Workshop will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
March 15. This lecture and demonstration will be conducted by Dr. Bruce
R. Fraedrich, a plant pathologist and vice president for research at Bartlett
Tree Research Laboratories, 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. The group will meet
in 261 Brown Hall for a talk on approaches and methods of pruning, and
then go outdoors for a hands-on pruning demonstration. Participants should
dress for the weather and bring their own pruning tools. Refreshments
will be served.
Map and Species List Available
Wonder what that unusual tree species looks like? Want to find the labeled
specimen on the ETSU campus? The newly released ETSU Arboretum Map and
Species List provides the names—both scientific and common—and
location for over 180 tree species planted on campus. Use the grid locations
to locate any specimen, and find the tree, with its label sign, using
the map. This map is available for free at the Sherrod Library and the
office of the Department of Biological Sciences.
School Classes Tour ETSU Arboretum
Nine classes of third, fourth, and fifth grade students from local schools
toured the ETSU Arboretum on March 13. Tours included learning exercises
on techniques for measurement, identification, and planting of trees.
Students got an early look at the new “Tree Giants” walking
tour and helped plant the new Dwarf Conifer Garden with Campus Horticulturalist
Kathleen Moore. Additional school class visits are planned for later this
of Dwarf Conifer Garden Begins
Planting of the new Veterans Memorial Dwarf Conifer Garden has just begun
in the quadrangle in front of Brooks Gymnasium. This garden will display
the diverse range of color, texture, and shape found in these slow-growing
evergreen plants. Support for this garden has been provided by the ETSU
Veterans Assoociation, Northeast Tennessee Persian Gulf Veterans Association,
Meadow View Garden Club, and by individual supporters of the ETSU Arboretum.
Web Site For ETSU Arboretum Launched
The ETSU Arboretum is now on the World Wide Web, thanks to Arboretum web
developer Nancy Fischman. The web site provides our newesletters, species
list, current activities, and tree-related links, and is still being fortified
with new information. Visit us online at: http://www.etsu.edu/arboretum/
Work-Day for Volunteers
The Arboretum will be planting several
new theme gardens this spring, and has work for volunteers willing to
help with digging and bed preparation. Our fist Arboretum Work-Day is
planned for Tuesday, March 18. Meet in the courtyard of Brown Hall at
8:00 a.m. (This is during ETSU spring break so parking is abundant.) Wear
boots and workclothes, bring a shovel if you have one, and be prepared
to dig! We will provide lunch. Work will continue into the afternoon.
for the Support!
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Urban Forestry program of
the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division and the United
States Department of Agriculture, which has underwritten publication of
this newsletter and funded the ETSU Arboretum’s School Days Tours,
map, web site development, label signs, and public talks. Additional funding
from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and the Harris Fund for Washington
County supports our new planting and other projects. We also thank all
of our supporters, both individuals and groups, who have helped make the
ETSU Arboretum’s activities possible. Comments, questions, and contributions
may be sent to: ETSU Arboretum, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Box 70703,
ETSU, Johnson City TN 37614.