Projects and Events

Interested in dedicating a tree?

Have it planted in one of Western Michigan University natural areas. For more information, read the documents below.

Tree donation procedure
Native tree list

On-campus projects and events

Landscape Services is involved in more than just mowing grass at Western Michigan University. Each of the following on-campus projects and events requires special assistance from our department. 

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morgon in 1872, it's celebrated on the last Friday in April. WMU's Landscape Services has participated in Arbor Day celebrations since 2006. Activities include the planting and dedication of a tree on campus, poem readings and a history of Arbor Day. In 2013, our Arbor Day celebration included the planting of a bald cypress at the east end of the Goldsworth Valley Pond. The celebration was held in collaboration with Students for a Sustainable Earth and the Western Student Association.

Awards

Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, is a campus of 745 acres of intensely maintained areas. Mark Frever, director of Landscape Services, and his landscape crew of 47 professionals have the daunting task of overseeing this campus; however, they have proved that by using creative and sustainable practices, it is possible.

Campus beautification

Landscape Services is constantly striving to beautify WMU's campus with all available resources. From planting new flower beds to repairing broken sidewalks, WMU's landscape professionals work hard to keep our campus looking good year-round. Take a walk through campus this summer and enjoy the colorful blooms of black-eyed Susans and zinnias, or relax by the Board of Trustees Fountain and soak up some sun near the beautiful potted tropical plants.

Campus gardens

Here at Western Michigan University, we believe in providing our students with the best environment to learn. We want to provide an environment that is scenic and beautiful as well as conducive to the education of our students.

Campus Tree Tours

Landscape Services has developed a tree tour to highlight specimen trees around Wood Hall. In the future we will be developing several more tours to showcase our memorial trees, arboretums and various collections including firs, hollies and lilacs.

Construction

Landscape services is actively involved in all construction around campus. We work closely with University architects on all new construction and renovation projects, particularly on the stormwater and landscape design. Consideration is taken for campus aesthetics, maintenance practices and sustainability. If trees have to be removed for a construction project, all due diligence is taken to transplant them to another area on campus. If they cannot be transplanted, trees are planted in their place at another location.

Online tree inventory and database

In the summer of 2006, a geography class used GPS to help us record the location and description of every landscape tree on our main campus. More than 6,500 trees were recorded. Each of these trees were then loaded into an interactive website by our Facilities Management GIS Department.

Spring Into the Streets and Fall Into the Streets

Landscape Services participates in these events every year. They are sponsored by the Western Student Association. Twice a year, in spring and fall, this association collaborates with Landscape Services to provide a volunteer opportunity for students to become involved on campus. Many years the WMU fraternities and sororities participate. This spring the young men of Sigma Chi Fraternity assisted Landscape Services by planting native shrubs and seed in the buffer strip of the Goldsworth Valley Pond.

Your Bronco Backyard

Your Bronco Backyard is a feature on the Landscape Services website that will bring the seasonal beauty of our campus right to your computer, tablet or smartphone. Over the coming months, we hope to introduce you to topics and pictures of plants, animals and people that make this campus so special.