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Volume 1, Number]
harsh winter of 1994. The campus is a colorful
_ of flowers, magnolias, dogwoods and budding copper
_ beeches, aff
_ who live, le.
ing a magnificent environment for all
ly dedicated on April 28, 1993. The Arboretum has
wonderfully. advanced our efforts to beautify the cam-
pus in accordance with the Villanova Strategic Plan. ~
The Arboretum Advisory Committee i is to be credit-
ed for its efforts to dignify the campus environment.
_ The Villanova Grounds staff's work with planting and
“maintaining the Arboretum is commendable. Together :
their progressive efforts for developing and maintain-
ing a thriving campus arboretum has undoubtedly en-
hanced the ® quality of campus life at Villanova. .
The Rey. Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A.
_ Villanova University President
dei is my pleasure to introduce the first edition of the.
ARBORETUM VILLANOVA newsletter. For 150
years and in a variety of ways, the campus community
has devoted itself to preserving Villanova’s magnifi-.
cent campus landscape. This rich heritage was recalled
on April 28, 1993, when the university dedicated
Arboretum Villanova, publicly and professionally ac-
_knowledging the f Previous years of commitment, This
has been an exciting time to be involved with the land-
scape of Villanova. We have a proud legacy to protect
and preserve and an exciting future of promise in
maintaining Villanova's tradition of beauty. I thank
those of you who have encouraged and supported
these efforts. Your generosity of spirit truly makes
Villanova a lovely and loving place.
| Reet Claret
- Kevin O'Donnell
ee provided welcome relief from the : :
ind work here. Arboretum Villanova is
now celebrating its first anniversary, having been formal-
What Is An Arboretum?
There are several questions that are frequently
asked of the staff of arboreta. We felt that it
would be a good idea to provide answers to
some of these questions in this first edition of
What is an arboretum?
This is a very common question and cer-
tainly is deserving of a good answer.
Although nearly every arboretum defines
itself differently, the most commonly ac-
cepted definition of an arboretum is a
place where trees and shrubs are collected
for scientific study and public exhibition.
Many arboreta expand that definition to
include collections of all sorts of plant ma-
terials. They may call themselves arboreta,
botanical gardens, or just about anything
else that applies. There are no set rules
for naming institutions, as long as there
are collections and either scientific study
or public access.
Why has Villanova decided to have an
According to our mission statement the
answer to this question is quite clear.
We have decided to establish a campus
“To recall and preserve the historic
beauty of the Villanova University
“To provide for the continued beautifi-
cation of the campus, thereby enhanc-
ing the academic environment and
establishing the arboretum as a source
of pride within the community.
+ To educate about the diversity, environ-
mental benefits and aesthetic qualities
of plant materials.
What are the plans for
The goals of the Arboretum Advisory
Committee are to complement the strate-
gic planning efforts of the university. The
committee proposes to create a campus
environment where Villanova University
“* Provide additional opportunities in
the academic fields of botany, biology,
engineering and environmental sci-
“* Enhance relations with the surround-
** Provide regional and national recog-
nition for Villanova’s magnificent
** Provide a sense of direction and pur-
pose in the management of the cam-
“Generate a lasting impression upon
prospective students, their parents,
alumni and all visitors to Villanova’s
These are the formal goals of the
Arboretum. Some more specific goals of
the staff include increasing the numbers
and diversity of trees and shrubs on cam-
pus. We intend to establish type collec-
tions of various plant genera. It is also
our hope to provide exhibition or theme
gardens in several locations.