Spring is for gardeners. Our landscape staff looks forward to the bright promise of spring, the joy of flowering plants, trees, fresh green lawns and the warm fragrant air. For many on our staff at Western Michigan University, gardening is a way of life, not just a job, and the opportunity to pick out bedding plants for campus gardens is a special event.
Even for our professional crew, the winter snow detail can get old. Here we have our snow shoveling crew with smiles on their faces as we clear the Kanley Track for some needed repairs. When snow flies on campus, all of our staff and students pitch in to open the campus for our fellow Broncos.
Landscape Services has partnered with the Finch Greenhouse at Wood Hall to grow many useful plants for campus gardens. Many of the cup flowers, pansies and flowering kale seen on main campus, as well as native plants used in our natural areas, have been propagated at the Finch Greenhouse.
Landscape Services has the holiday spirit. Every year our landscape staff assists other departments with holiday preparations. We support The Oaklands by ordering and delivering the holiday tree. We support Dining Services by providing plants and flowers for special dining events. At other times of the year, landscape staff members move beautiful annual planters to strategic locations all over campus. These special mobile gardens add a splash of color to event locations such as football, tennis, races and tour routes used by parents and prospective students.
As part of WMU's Tree campus USA certification, educational opportunities are provided for interested members of the community. In the area surrounding Wood Hall, 21 different trees have been identified as part of our first tree tour. Maps and tree information are available online and tours can be arranged through the Landscape Services office. Here one of our staff arborists is leading a tour as part of our annual Arbor Day celebration.
Rabbit rescue! This rabbit found himself trapped in a deep window well outside the administration building. The office staff called Landscape Services to the rescue, and we were able to capture and release the rabbit within minutes. The rabbit was not hurt in the fall; and when let go, right after this picture, he ran for cover at The Oaklands. Another good day in landscape here at WMU.