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

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

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

Dieckmann Magnolias

From the porch of Rebekah Hall, you can see history still in the making, growing and ever-changing. In a letter to the College, alumna Adele Dieckmann McKee ’48 retells the stories she heard from her father about planting trees on … 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

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

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

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

Living Fossils

Administrative assistant Rachel Garner talks about living fossils. Charles Darwin coined the term “living fossil.” It describes a species that has survived with little apparent change over a great span of time. Paleontologists recognize the fan-shaped leaf of the ginkgo … Continue reading

Native Trees

What if you were a tree, rooted to one spot? Surely you would prefer a suitable place to live: dry or wet to suit your taste, hot or cold, in soil acidic or alkaline. Native trees like those here, west … 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

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

Psychological Benefits

Student Kimberly Reeves ’12, project coordinator of the Agnes Scott Arboretum, talks about the psychological benefits of trees. Green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica ‘Oconee’) is a dioecious (di-ee-shus) tree species. Some individuals are male, some female. When a tree has both … 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

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

Tree Canopy

Associate Professor of Astronomy Amy Lovell talks about “Tree Canopy.” Sometimes it helps to look at things from a new perspective. You are standing on the Celestial Spheres plaza of the Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium. Look down. If the … 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 & 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

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