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Public invited to attend Arbor Day Ceremony at Lander University

November 30, 2012
Public invited to attend Arbor Day Ceremony at Lander University

For an institution devoted to expanding its diverse collection of trees and plants, Arbor Day is a holiday that calls for special celebration at Lander University.  

On Friday, Dec. 7, Lander's Arboretum Committee and the Greenwood Council of Garden Clubs will hold a public ceremony in observance of South Carolina's Arbor Day. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. near the pedestrian bridge between the university's Centennial Hall and Grier Student Center.

This year's ceremony will feature a celebration of two tree plantings on Lander's campus. The first tree, planted near the pedestrian bridge area, is a Cedrus deodara 'Bush's Blue'. Donated by the Greenwood Council of Garden Clubs, the cedar tree is the first evergreen planted for Arbor Day at Lander since the university and garden clubs began cooperative observances in 2006.

Following the ceremony at the pedestrian bridge, the group will walk to the university's Shade Garden, located near Laura Lander Hall, to celebrate the dedication of an Empress of China Dogwood in honor of horticulturist John Elsley. The dogwood tree, a species noted for its large, numerous white blooms, was donated by the Morning Glory Garden Club in recognition of Elsley's support of and guidance with the development of the university's Shade Garden.

Arbor Day Ceremony attendees are asked to park in the lot behind Lander's Centennial Hall on Barksdale Street. For more information, or to view a campus map, visit