Spring 2018 - Arbor Day Celebration (Watson Library)
This year marks 140 years since KU's first Arbor Day, with classes canceled by Chancellor James Marvin so students could help plant nearly 300 trees throughout campus. And while Replant hasn't hit that milestone yet, we ARE celebrating planting over 175 trees since the program started in 2012. The map below shows the location of each planting over the years, and details of each planting follow.
Fall 2017 - Campanile Crabapples
Trick or Trees! On October 27, volunteers braved the cold and wind to plant 18 Crabapples and 6 Whitebuds near the Campanile for future Jayhawks to enjoy as they prepare for the big walk down the hill.
Spring 2017 - Marvin Grove
In 2017, Replant Mount Oread returned to our roots with a planting in historic Marvin Grove. On Friday, April 28, volunteers planted 3 American Linden, 4 Kentucky Coffee, and 4 Red Oak trees in an area of the grove just west of the Spencer Museum of Art. The project also added 9 Redbuds to the Mississippi Street Terrace along Jayhawk Boulevard. A total of 20 trees were planted as part of this project.
Fall 2016 - Sunnyside and Sunflower
The Fall 2016 Replant Mount Oread event took place on October 21, along Sunflower Road and Sunnyside Avenue. The oak, honeylocust, sycamore, and elm trees now provide a shaded walk up the hill from the southeast corner of campus. Three redbuds will completed the project, adding color to the landscape east of the Hall Center. A total of 19 trees were be planted as part of this project.
This event was sponsored by Minuteman Press, Audrie Seely Landscaping, Sabatini Architects, and Turner Construction.
Spring 2016 - Pioneer Cemetery
The Spring 2016 planting took place on April 26, Arbor Day, at Pioneer Cemetery in the West District. This hidden piece of KU and Lawrence history was first established in 1854 and was the final resting place for early settlers and victims of Quantrill’s Raid and the Civil War. In more recent decades it has been a place of internment for members of the University of Kansas Community.
Inspired by a native palette from the 1800’s, we planted a total of 19 trees including oak, hackberry, redbuds, crabapple and pine trees. The costs were covered by donor-established funds to support and maintain Pioneer Cemetery.
Fall 2015 - West Campus Road
Trick or Trees 2015 took place on Friday, October 30, and added 19 new trees to the campus landscape. The site was along West Campus Road in front of Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Carruth-O’Leary Hall. Many of the trees in that area were ash trees and at least half of them were in poor condition and needed to be removed. Healthy trees were preserved, and a variety of new trees, including Shumard Oak, Thornless Honeylocust, Lacebark Elm, Redbud and Whitebud were added. We also replaced the old and overgrown Juniper Shrubs in front of Carruth-O'Leary Hall with 55 new ones to refresh the beds.
Spring 2015 - Daisy Hill (Irving Hill Road)
Alumni of KU's Daisy Hill residence halls may recall the burst of color along Irving Hill Road behind Hashinger and Lewis Halls as crabapple trees bloomed each spring. However, many of those trees had been removed in recent years. For our 2015 spring project, Replant Mount Oread planted 37 crabapple trees along this major route between the residence halls and academic buildings in the Central and North Districts of the Lawrence Campus. Thank you to all the volunteers who dedicated their time to make this project happen!
Fall 2014 - Lindley and Marvin Hall Lawn
Due to the success of our spring planting events, Replant added a second planting in the fall of 2014. "Trick or Trees" was held on Halloween - Friday, October 31, 2014. The lawn between Marvin and Lindley Halls, just south of the Chi Omega Fountain, was selected as the planting site. Known for its small grove of pear trees, the original landscaping at this site was a gift from the class of 1949. Through the Replant project the area was enhanced with 9 additional Bartlett Pear trees, along with Dwarf Mugo Pines, Peonies and Periwinkle.
The project also included a Black Hills spruce donated in memory of Gianfranco Villagomez-Saldana. A 2013 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design from the School of Architecture, Design & Planning, Villagomez-Saldana was pursuing a degree in computer science in the School of Engineering when he died in December 2013. KU’s International Student Services program collected donations for the tree.
Additional Information: KU News Release, Lawrence Journal-World Article, Lawrence Journal-World Editorial, University Daily Kansan Article, Univesrity Daily Kansan Article (Memorial Tree), WOW! 6 News Story
Spring 2014 - Stauffer-Flint & Watson Lawn
Stauffer-Flint and Watson Library Lawns were the focus of the 3rd Annual Replant event on April 11. Over 30 volunteers made easy work of planting 9 trees, which included Oaks, Zelkova, and Golden Raintrees. The site was selected in part because of its historic ties and its importance to modern-day student life.
Many of the larger trees on this site are Ash Trees and may be susceptible to the emerald ash borer, a highly destructive, invasive insect that has been reported in neighboring counties. Although some Ash trees on campus will be treated to protect them from the borer, Replant efforts like this one are a proactive approach to help mitigate future losses to predicted disease and damaging insect infestations.
2013 - Fraser Hall
After being snowed out on April 18, nearly 30 volunteers assisted with the second annual Replant Mount Oread event on May 1, 2012. The group, which included students from the Environmental Law Society, Environs, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, planted 11 crabapple trees on the east side of Fraser Hall.
Additional Information: KU News Release
2012 - Jayhawk Boulevard
On March 29, 2012, the University of Kansas and the Campus Tree Advisory Board launched the Replant Mount Oread initiative. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little kicked off the inaugural event by helping plan the first tree. More than thirty volunteers from the campus community joined the effort and planted ten redbud trees and a bed of iris along Jayhawk Boulevard, just west of Lippincott Hall. This planting was done in commemoration of the first Arbor Day celebration at KU on March 29, 1878, when Chancellor James Marvin called a special holiday to encourage faculty and students to plant approximately 300 tree saplings on Mount Oread.