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VSU students, community plant $20K in landscaping to beautify campus

Published date: October 6, 2016

Progress Index
By Scott P. Yates Multimedia Editor

ETTRICK - Students, faculty and community members at Virginia State University didn't have to travel far during a Thursday field trip for a lessons in civil engineering, landscape architecture and horticulture.

VSU partnered with Tree Campus USA and The Home Depot in Colonial Heights to plant $20,000 in trees, bushes and flowers on the campus.

The funding from The Home Depot is part of the company's Retool Your School grant program.

"Their team helped our students and rolled up their sleeves and got in the dirt and planted the trees along with the bushes and flowers along with our students," said Jonathan Young, VSU's director of corporate relations. "We're just getting started," he said.

In total, 184 trees were planted, including: dogwoods, crape myrtles, hollies, willow oaks, maples, magnolias, Japanese cherries, red buds, weeping willows and red oaks. And 1,424 bushes and flowers were planted including: daylilies, rose bushes, black-eyed susans, orange mums and bluebeards.

The new plantings are part of the university's master plan that was finalized last year to help attract pedestrians and visitors to the campus center.

"It's important to encourage our friends in the community, not just hike and to bike and to stop and sit down and read a book and just spend time on the campus," said Young.

VSU President Makola M. Abdullah, who has an engineering background, also participated. He quizzed students on civil engineering related aspects of the planting event, according to Young.

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