Kent Theiling, the university’s grounds and landscape design manager, calls the east end project the most rewarding of his 40-plus-year career. On Oct. 31, he will introduce the campus community to the east end’s 250 trees, 3,000 shrubs and 50,000 perennials.
Work has just begun on the Danforth Campus east end transformation. But already, architects, landscape architects and arborists are preparing to plant hundreds of new trees when construction wraps up in 2019.
Whether he did or did not cut down that cherry tree, George Washington loved trees. He planted hundreds on his Mount Vernon estate. And, by George, Washington University in St. Louis has a direct descendent of one of those trees on its Danforth Campus. WUSTL’s horticuluturists have taken special care of the tree since receiving the seedling in 1991. One of 60 seedlings sent to sites around the country, only 12 offspring remain of Washington’s tulip poplar.
WUSTL community members help place soil around the 750th tree to be planted on the Danforth Campus since 2008. The tree, a Swamp White Oak, was planted Dec. 15 and is located next to Brown Hall along the new Centennial Greenway bike path. Currently, the Danforth Campus is home to approximately 3,800 trees.