Sustainability Topics

Tree Protection Zone

September 23 2015 RHR 031

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” –Warren Buffet

photo credit: R. Robert

Chain link fences surrounding trees can be seen encircling the BEP construction site. photo credit: R. Robert

As we undergo large construction projects across campus, visitors will observe chain link fences surrounding trees around the construction sites. These are creating tree protection zones to preserve our mature trees.

Trees provide natural beauty and give human scale to built landscapes. They filter air, purify water, lower heating/cooling bills, increase property values, improve social interactions, and provide habitat as well as a food for …

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American Rose Trials for Sustainability

American Rose Trials for Sustainability

Since 2012, the Scott Arboretum has been participating in American Rose Trials for Sustainability (ARTS). This program conducts trials in 15 different locations throughout the United States evaluating on resilience, disease-resistance, drought tolerance, heat/cold tolerance, and soil and nutrient adaptability. After two seasons worth of data, they have announced their first winning roses, all seven for 2018.

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding. as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and weeding, as seen here. photo credit: R. Robert

From the trial, we have moved two into the Dean Bond Rose Garden. The trial requires regimented spacing and no maintenance except mulching and …

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Restoring the Crum Woods

november-3-2016-rhr-473The complication of the SEPTA Viaduct brings to a close a five-year period of construction in the Crum Woods. Seventeen acres of upland forest and wetland were clear-cut for the SEPTA Viaduct construction. Nine different plant communities are part of the restoration plan ranging from lowland meadow to a red oak mixed hardwood forest.

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. As the name implies, …

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