Hundreds of tulips grace the Class Gateway across from Baker Center each spring.
No matter the seaso n, postcard-perfect scenes are common on the Ohio University campus — from the tulips that brighten Park Place in the spring to the towering maples that set the College Green ablaze each fall.

“We have this revolving color happening,” says university landscape coordinator Susan Calhoun, BS ’85. “We’re trying to change the display with the season to provide visual entertainment.”

Next time you stroll across campus, consider this:

  • About 25,000 annuals — begonias, cannas, salvias, vincas and more — are planted each May before commencement.
  • In the fall, up to 2,000 mums, pansies and flowering cabbage and kale plants go into the ground.
  • Time also is set aside in the fall to plant bulbs — 7,000 to 8,000 in all — that spring up the next year as daffodils, tulips, crocus and grape hyacinth.
  • Trees and bushes remain a focal point on campus, and Assistant Director of Facilities Management Mark Whitney says more than 80 trees and 1,000 shrubs have been planted in the last two years. Brochures on a self-guided tree tour of campus are available at the Visitors Center at Richland Avenue and South Green Drive.
  • The oldest trees on campus — at about 120 years old — are believed to be a ginkgo that stands between the Visitors Center and the Hocking River and a pair of sycamores between Cutler and Ellis halls.
  • Two silver firs on The Ridges — by virtu e of their size — are designated as state champions by the Ohio Forestry Association. The green ash just west of Memorial Auditorium is believed to be the second or third largest in the state.
ABOVE: Summer flowers liven the boulevard of Park Place across from Alden Library; RIGHT: Students take in the color along Mulbury Lane on their way to and from South Green;
FAR RIGHT: A lone cyclist travels South Gree n Drive after a scenic snowfall.

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