An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are grown for scientific and educational purposes. Plants are maintained, labeled, cataloged and mapped. Each arboretum is unique, due to the characteristics of the setting, the collections, and the research and educational goals.
Our mission is to preserve the stately historic campus landscape, to build upon the diversity of the collection with sustainable species and to reinforce the aesthetic character of the campus. It seeks to provide visitors with a broader understanding of the campus landscape and promote long-term stewardship of the environment.
On April 27, 2015 the Hamilton College Arboretum and Clinton Elementary school celebrated Arbor Day. Two trees were dedicated - a Japanese lilac tree in honor of Lesley Urgo and a spruce tree in honor of Terry Hawkridge and Chris Lewis (shown here). Mrs. Urgo began the coordinated program in 2007. Mr. Hawkridge was former director of the Arboretum and Mr. Lewis is the director of the CCS physical plant.
Each year since 2007 a spruce tree has been donated to the school by the Arboretum. To date nine spruce trees have been given to form a "spruce row" behind the elementary school. These provide a nice wind and shade break for the building. The lilac will provide color and fragrance!
The school hosted a planting ceremony complete with two songs by the students and chorus. The dedications were given by Ann Smallen, volunteer on the Arboretum Committee and Steve Bellona, Director, Hamilton College Physical Plant.
At right - Principal Steve Marcus with Japanese Lilac planted in honor of Lesley Urgo
The Hamilton Arboretum has on inventory 2,281 separate trees.
The average trunk diameter of all these trees combined is approximately 14 inches.
The Maple is the most dominant specie of all of these trees with 431 individual plants on campus.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Tree Benefit Calculator, trees pay us back in:
If one 14 inch diameter Maple tree is able to provide $113 in benefits per year, just think what 2,281 other trees can provide!
Yes! That's right...approxiamtely $258,000 per year in benefits!
Now that's a lot of GREEN!