Berry College has extended an open invitation to the public to attend Friday's grand opening of its arboretum, which will include a tree walk.
The arboretum project was started by a group of student research workers and faculty members in 2014. The development of the arboretum was a good fit for Berry College, which is designated as a “Tree Campus USA.”
The arboretum will feature more than 1,400 trees from 100 species that were collected since the beginning of the project. Included in the many species of trees will be mountain longleaf pines, which come from trees that are in Berry’s own old growth forests.
The tree walk will take sightseers through the main academic and residential areas of campus and will be led by Martin Cipollini, a Biology Professor, and Arborist Chris Hughes.
The opening event will start at 4 p.m. in the Krannert Center’s Ballroom E. Following the opening ceremonies will be the tree walk at 4:30 p.m.