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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 63, Number 8 (Dec. 1961)

Trees beautify the campus,   p. 17


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Trees Beautify the Campus
T HE RECENT PLANTING of a
    thornless honey locust with Pres.
C. A. Elvehjem spading in the dirt
marked the 300th new tree placed on
the University of Wisconsin campus
this year.
   Pres. Elvehjem has allotted an addi-
tional $3,500 to the UW buildings and
grounds budget specifically for tree
planting on the Madison Campus, and
an additional $800 for trees at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
   This year UW landscape experts
have planted trees ranging from maple,
ash, crabapple, oak, and locust, to dog-
wood, magnolia, hickory, linden, and
redbud. Nearly all varieties of these
species have been planted on the campus
in accord with terrain and growth pos-
sibilities, explained Prof. G. W. Long-
necker, UW horticulturist and executive
director of the Arboretum.
  The trees planted this year continue
a long-range program of campus plant-
ings, Prof. Longnecker pointed out. In
1957 there were 69 trees planted around
the Bacteriology Building parking lot
and the Camp Randall Memorial Build-
ing. In 1958, trees were placed at Pine
Bluff Observatory, and at unit one of
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1961
Eagle Heights apartments, totaling 94
trees.
   In 1959 the number of trees planted
 rose to 103, with trees put at Chad-
 bourne Hall, the Holt dormitory units,
 the heating plant, and unit two of Eagle
 Heights. The 118 trees planted in 1960
 were placed at the poultry and genetics
 laboratory, Elm Drive dormitory units,
 units three, four, five, and six of Eagle
 Heights, and along Bay Shore Drive.
   This year, the 300 trees have been
placed on Babcock Drive,- in the Birge
Botanical Garden between Lathrop Hall
and the Chemistry Building on Uni-
versity Avenue, around Birge Hall, and
along University Bay Drive. Trees will
continue to be placed around new build-
ings as well as along campus drives
where added landscaping - is needed,
Prof. Longnecker explained.,
   "We consider the aesthetic as well
as the functional aspects:'of tree plant-
ing and general campus landgcaping,"
he said. "In doing this, we must know
the terrain, the heat, cold, wind, and
rain, in areas ... what trees'will or will
not thrive in a giverf area. We also con-
sider: the botanical 'teaching values of
our planting, in thit we plant varieties
of trees which will aid our teaching, of
landscape architecture and botany."
   Among new areas to be landscaped
 this year is the Muir Knoll, on the
 north side of Observatory Drive across
 from the Education Building, from the
 end of Bascom woods down to the cin-
 der path along Lake Mendota.
   The knoll, which boasts a new side-
walk, will be one of the most scenic
areas on the campus, Prof. Longneceker
said. The gentle curving of the walk-
way will aid a natural landscaping pro-
gram using European larch and oak
trees, along with some low shrubs.
   Campus planning personnel are con-
templating a soft lighting effect along
the knoll walkway consisting of indirect
lights, hidden by trees and shrubs,
which will send hazy light up into the
trees to give added aesthetic beauty as
well as security in the area, he
explained.
  Twelve river birch    trees will be
planted along University Bay Drive yet
this year to "soften the lake line and
aid in securing the lake edge," Prof.
Longnecker said. He explained that this
variety of birch thrives in the damp
areas and is good for holding lake soils.
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