The University of Toledo Stranahan Arboretum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has been named among the 50 Most Beautiful College Arboretums by Best College Reviews.
The college review journal evaluated college arboretums and botanical gardens based on size, how long they have been established, opportunities for students, and connections with the community. UT’s 47-acre arboretum was identified as the 40th most beautiful.“This recognition confirms what we already know about the unparalleled beauty of the Stranahan Arboretum that allows us to educate our students and our community about nature and ecology,” said Dr. Daryl Dwyer, UT ecology professor and director of the arboretum.
Best College Reviews recognized the arboretum for its cultivated ornamental trees, rolling lawns, natural woods, ponds, wetlands and prairie, and for how it serves students as an outdoor education and research laboratory for the Department of Environmental Sciences. It also hosts educational programs for local K-12 school students and members of the Toledo community.
The University celebrated 50 years of serving the community on Arbor Day 2016 with re-creation of the tree planting ceremony that marked the opening of the Stranahan Arboretum in 1966 at Sylvania Avenue and Corey Road.
The W.W. Knight family donated the land to UT in 1964 in memory of Robert Stranahan, founder of the Champion Spark Plug Co.