On April 22, Grounds and International Programs staff and students gathered to plant a Japanese Maple beside the west side of the Dining Hall, at the newly named Moran Commons and Plaza.
Chris Fay, director of Grounds, noted that Moran was chancellor when he arrived at UNCG – and a lot of great improvements to the grounds happened on Moran’s watch.
Kevin Siler, who has been on the Grounds staff for five years, had prepared the small area at the northwest corner of the building with Tennessee River Stone. The idea, he explained, is that the tree limbs will drape over the stones, for a pleasing effect. And the stones may discourage cut-through traffic as well.
At the same time, other members of Grounds were planting grass seed near Cotten Residence Hall and adding mulch around trees. Later in the morning, phlox would be planted near steps at Grey Residence Hall. Newly moved Chinese pistachio trees were nearby.
Fay explained that work at the Moran Commons & Plaza will continue up until the time of the Moran Commons & Plaza dedication ceremony Wednesday, May 1, 4 p.m.
“The landscaping never stops. We’ll keep improving it till that day.”
Story and photo by Mike Harris.