The Rhodes Arboretum originated in the early 1950’s under the supervision of Dr. Arlo Smith, longtime Professor of Biology with support from the Lumberman's Club of Memphis and private donations. The Arboretum was last certified in 1995, and since then efforts have been made to keep the campus rich in tree diversity in the face of inclement weather and campus growth. Currently 90 species have been tagged for a Level 3 Arboretum. A number of Rhodes faculty, staff and students have been involved in the effort to conserve and increase trees species on campus. In particular, the Physical Plant staff has been instrumental in achieving this designation.
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