Dedication & Memorial Trees

Since opening its doors in 1889, Agnes Scott College has changed the lives of generations of young women. Fellow students, staff members, and faculty all contribute to the richness of each young woman’s college experience. In particular, alumnae are able … Continue reading

Shape & Structure

  President Elizabeth Kiss talks about about shape and structure of trees.    This archway is dedicated to James Ross McCain, second president of Agnes Scott College. Look through the east window. It frames a large and beautiful American beech … Continue reading

Trees & Water

Alumna Annie Graefe ’11 talks about trees and water quality. Agnes Scott Hall, behind you, straddles the Eastern Continental Divide. Rainfall here makes its way via the Chattahoochee basin to the Gulf of Mexico; on the opposite side of the … Continue reading

Historic Ash Tree

Jim Abbot, adjunct professor of classics, talks about Agnes Scott’s historic white ash. This immense white ash (Fraxinus americana, next to the parking lot) is thought to be older even than the College, founded in 1889. These trees can live … Continue reading

Trees & Disease

  Like humans, trees are susceptible to disease. For example, the tall American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) just behind Agnes Scott Hall suffers from bacterial leaf scorch. Sometimes the effects of a disease can be catastrophic. Early in the 20th century, … Continue reading

Trees in the Arts

    “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood …” Robert Frost, who made annual visits to Agnes Scott from 1945 to 1962, wrote this familiar verse. The sculpture in the Alumnae Garden shows him composing a poem. Trees feature … Continue reading

Incense Cedar

  “Lost in thought” is not the best way to experience a tree. This incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) rewards our full attention, if we stay mindful of our present experience of this tree. We can see the cinnamon-colored bark and … Continue reading

Natural Communities

Dean of Students Emerita Gué Hudson talks about natural communities. Nearby stands the Alston Campus Center, the hub of the Agnes Scott College community. Nature has communities, too. These are distinct assemblages of living things occurring naturally in places and … Continue reading

Sacred Trees

Student Althea Gunther ’12 talks about sacred trees. The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel is the newest building on campus. Though the college is still related to the Presbyterian Church, this chapel belongs to people of all faiths. Those who enter … Continue reading

Forest Succession

  From the perspective of a pioneer tree, this grassy lawn is an opportunity. Nearby pioneer species include tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera, right in front of you), loblolly pine (Pinus taeda, diagonally across the quad, on its northwest corner), and … Continue reading