CSU, Chico News

Last Arboretum Tours for Spring

Date: 04-08-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs

There are two arboretum tours left this spring, one scheduled for Friday, April 9, and the second one during Founders Week, on Monday, April 19. Participants learn about the trees and plants on California State University, Chico campus. The campus was designated as an arboretum in 1982 in recognition of its superb collection of woody plants.

The tour begins at 10 a.m. at Bidwell Mansion and lasts for about an 90 minutes. It is led by Durbin Sayers, manager of grounds; Wes Dempsey, professor emeritus of biology; and Gerry Ingco, retired forester.

The trip leaders will discuss current horticultural and pruning practices as well as make suggestions for selection of plants for Chico yards. Participants are encouraged to bring in leaves from plants they wish to have identified or talk about problems they are having with insects or diseases.

A map and guide to the mansion and the University trees and shrubs, titled “Campus Trees” is available at the Bidwell Mansion Information Center and the AS Bookstore. “Campus Creekside Nature Walk” is also available. These can also be purchased at the Department of Biological Sciences office in Holt Hall.

Further information about the tours can be obtained from the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park at 895-6144 or from the University at 898-6222.