Armstrong State University Arboretum Wins Savannah Tree Foundation Award

(October 9, 2014) - The Savannah Tree Foundation presented the 2014 Lynda Beam Award to the Armstrong State University Arboretum. The award recognizes Armstrong's commitment to fostering the awareness of the positive impact of trees through the campus-wide Arboretum.

Philip Schretter, Armstrong's grounds superintendent, accepted the award at the Savannah Tree Foundation Gala at Ships of the Sea Museum on October 7.

The Arboretum encompasses Armstrong's 268-acre campus on Savannah's southside and displays a wide variety of trees, shrubs and other woody plants. Developed areas of campus contain native and introduced species. Natural areas of campus contain plants typical in Georgia's coastal broadleaf evergreen forests such as live oak, southern magnolia, red bay, horse sugar and sparkleberry.

Several plant collections have been established in the Arboretum, including a Camellia Garden, Conifer Garden, Fern Garden, Ginger Garden, Primitive Garden and an International Garden. The Armstrong State University Arboretum is open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours.

The Savannah Tree Foundation is dedicated to preserving, protecting and planting canopy trees in Chatham County. The non-profit organization promotes, through direct action and education, an awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our cultural heritage.