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TCC celebrates the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day

Students plant a butterfly garden at Chesapeake Campus.

Tidewater Community College students celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting and gardening event at the Chesapeake Campus.

Campus Dean Emily Hartman kicked off the celebration held behind the student center by saying, “Tomorrow marks the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day. Our students, faculty and staff are excited to be part of this historic moment. Let’s get planting!”

Students from the Horticulture department and the Biology and Outings Club got their hands dirty planting native plants designed to attract butterflies and beautify the campus. They also planted a Japanese maple tree as the centerpiece in the garden. The tree was donated by Ryan Osborne, a Chesapeake Campus staffer.

TCC’s Chesapeake Campus is the college’s “green” campus and a Certified Monarch Way Station.

Professor Marc Wingate, who leads the Biology and Outings Club, says activities like these add to the classroom learning, but more importantly, connect students to nature. “It’s important for students to connect to the resources they depend upon, even though they may not realize it. Our food doesn’t come from Walmart, it comes from the Earth.”

Horticulture program lead Andrea Tomlin added, “This work helps my students identify plants and appreciate the environment. We are hoping to make a small difference every time we gather to volunteer.”

The garden can be found by following the path behind the pond of the Chesapeake Campus Student Center.

“Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this beautiful garden and serene setting,” added Hartman. “It’s a campus gem we hope many in our community will enjoy.”

Campus Dean Emily Hartman with biology professor Marc Wingette and Horticulture Department lead Andrea Tomlin.
Student volunteers from the Horticulture Department and the Biology and Outings Club, with TCC staff.