East End News

Planting for the future

Photo of green leaves and white text over them that reads: The new landscape will include 32 different species, with 27 native to Missouri

Architects, landscape architects, and arborists are preparing to plant hundreds of new trees when construction on the east end wraps up in 2019.

“When the project is completed, the east end landscape plan will provide approximately 350 new trees, representing 32 different species,” said Kent Theiling, grounds manager and horticulturist for the Danforth Campus. The new trees will include six different varieties of oak, and 27 species native to Missouri.

Evening on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis

Additionally, 41 young trees were moved from the construction zone to the inner campus, and wood recyclers have milled approximately 10,000 board feet of oak, which are currently air-drying at Tyson Research Center. Though details still are taking shape, the wood eventually could be used to create benches or other east end elements — a symbolic connection between the new landscape and old.

Read the full story and view a video about the trees in the Source »