Ribbon Cutting and Arbor Day Ceremony, Spring Events in 2011:
The St. Mary's Arboretum Association hosted multiple events in preparation for President Urgo's inauguration, which occurred on Saturday, March 26th, 2011. The events were highly successful and culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the official kick-off of the St. Mary's Arboretum Association, and served as a wonderful first-ever Arbor Day series of events at the college!
On March 22nd a healing garden was planted between St. John's Site and Cobb House by Arboretum members and student volunteers. The Healing Garden will be used as a part of the college's health and counseling services but will also be open to the public when not in use by the health center. Over 300 shrubs, trees, and perennials were installed as well as a seating area and fencing.
On March 23rd twenty-five new trees were added to the campus by student volunteers, committee members, and physical plant. A wide array of species were planted including black gum, crabapple, disease-resistant elm, redbud, and silver maple trees.
On March 25th Keep St. Mary's Beautiful members turned out for some last minute detailing of the campus before the inauguration!
Finally, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Arboretum took place on Saturday, March 26th in the Garden of Remembrance (cutting a ceremonial ribbon from around the stately willow oak tree) to celebrate the creation of the St. Mary's Arboretum Association. A new white oak tree (Maryland's state tree) was then planted on the side of Calvert Hall.
Here are some pictures from the week's events: