Clayton State celebrated Arbor Day on April 26 with an annual ceremony and a tree planting at the Athletics Center.
John Anderson, a landscape architect and member of the University’s tree committee, spoke about helping develop a masterplan update for Clayton State in 1985 as his first job fresh out of college. It was Andersons first foray into campus planning and design, and he said it taught him a lot about the importance of campus spaces.
“I consider campus environments to be sacred spaces, primarily because of their longevity and the thousands of lives that have passed through them,” he said.
This year, faculty, students, and staff planted flowering dogwood trees near the Athletics Center. The flowering dogwood is known as a tree for all seasons. It’s a perfect choice for yards and gardens thanks to its white “flowers” that appear in spring, and its red-purple foliage and red fruit that blossom in the fall and winter months.