Saturday, July 14, 2007

Local Treasure

Haywood Community College's Campus Arboretum and Grounds are a valuable local natural resource that is the result of decades of dedication, planning, and hard work by staff, students, faculty, and administrators. There are over 300 species of trees on campus , trails, fountains, and a prized Rhododendron Garden.

These working gardens provide an excellent atmosphere for learning or just a casual stroll. The campus hosts numerous visitors every year, often their reason for visiting is the grounds. If you would like to learn more you can read an excellent 2004 Carolina Gardner article entitled "Doan Ogden's Gardens at Haywood Community College" by Peter Loewer. Other important garden contributers including A.L. Freedlander, M.C. Nix, and J. Palmer are discussed.

Campus grounds are regularly used as living laboratories for courses in Forestry Management Technology, Fish and Wildlife Management Technology, Geospatial Technology, and Horticulture Technology. Come by and see them for yourself.

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