Abbot Road entrance completion
June 30, 2016
The Abbot Road landscape rejuvenation project concluded the week of June 20. The Abbot entrance to campus has been restored to a boulevard of trees in order to reflect the historical landscape aesthetic. Declining Norway maple trees were removed and replaced with native swamp white oak trees and Sugar Tyme crabapple trees.
“The restoration of the plantings at the Abbot Road entrance will enhance the landscape quality of the north campus,” said Frank Telewski, professor of plant biology and curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and Campus Woody Plant Collection. “It will provide an esthetically pleasing entry to campus from East Lansing that will be consistent with the historic context of previous landscape designs.”
The following are photos of the landscaping process:
Removal of the Norway Maples, invasive non-native trees.
Norway maples' internal decay.
A group of the swamp white oaks planted at the entrance, a native species found throughout campus.
IPF employees planting Sugar Tyme crabapple trees, which will provide a seasonal interest backdrop at the historic limestone marker.
IPF employee planting a swamp white oak.
Young swamp white oaks, planted at the rejuvenated Abbot road entrance.
Benches in front of Campbell Hall before restoration.
Start of bench restoration.
Restored historic masonry benches in front of Campbell Hall.
The final rejuvenated landscape. The young trees will grow and eventually provide a stately canopy structure at the entrance.
For more information about the landscape project, visit Abbot Road landscape project construction and MSU Abbot Road entrance to be rejuvenated for historical longevity.