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

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

Carbon Sinks

Question: how is a southern red oak (Quercus falcata) like Atlanta’s Lake Lanier? Answer: just as a reservoir stores water, an oak stores carbon. Photosynthesis is the process by which a tree uses sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into new … Continue reading

Biodiversity

Here along West College Avenue are three “theme houses,” where the student residents explore focused topics such as public health or dance, while enjoying themed activities beyond the classroom. Shading these homes is a magnificent grove of white oaks (Quercus … Continue reading

Georgia Trees

The northwest corner of the campus is Georgia in miniature. More than 30 tree species grow here, including such Georgia natives as sassafras (Sassafras albidum), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), overcup oak (Quercus lyrata), water oak (Quercus nigra), American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), … Continue reading

Practical Benefits

On your walk through this campus arboretum, you will learn about the many ways that trees affect us. They structure the way we think, improve water and air quality, assist scientists in climate and other types of research, inspire artists, … Continue reading