Celebrate trees, their role in environment
by By Suzanne Bennett, CSCC Horticulturist
Apr 28, 2013 | 859 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Each year I await the blooming of the magnolia stellata here on the campus of Cleveland State.

When its white petals first start decorating the landscape, I know that though it’s still cold outside the warmth of spring is about to embrace us.

As the blooms of the magnolia stellata are replaced by new leaves, other trees take turns showing off their petals. In case we were to forget that the springtime is a time for celebrating, the cherry trees in bloom on Peerless Road or the redbuds cloaking White Oak Mountain grab our attention with their beauty, reminding us that it is indeed a season of celebration.

I wouldn’t be going out on a limb by saying we here at Cleveland State have a lot to celebrate when it comes to our trees.

In 2012 our Arboretum went from being classified as a Level I arboretum to becoming a Level II arboretum.

We were also named a Tree Campus USA for the fourth year in a row.

These are no small feats that are made possible through the efforts of many such as the Sustainability committee, chaired by Allen Gentry and student-led organizations like the Wildlife Management Society, led by biology professor Robert Brewer.

As the horticulturist at Cleveland State, I’m fortunate to live in a community that chooses to celebrate the benefits of trees. Observing the variety of trees on Cleveland State’s campus and throughout the city of Cleveland is a testament to the community’s support of initiatives like Tree Campus USA and Tree City USA.

If you could not make it to the campus for the annual environmental festival, please come enjoy the self-guided tour of the arboretum.

Arboretum brochures can be found at the reception desk located in the front of the Administration building.

As part of the Arbor Day celebration the Tree Board held a contest to find the biggest tree within the city limits. We found out this week which tree garnered the respect of being named the biggest tree in Cleveland.

Whether admiring the statue of the biggest tree in Cleveland or the ephemeral blooms of the Cherry tree, please join your comas we celebrate trees and the beneficial role they play in our environment.