Brockman Memorial Tree Tour
This tour is dedicated to the memory of Professor C. Frank Brockman (1902-1985), who capped an influential, productive career in forestry and outdoor recreation by producing in 1980 the original University of Washington tree tour. Edited by Louise M. Hastie, that eight-page publication featured 81 campus trees, and had to be reprinted by popular demand. Along with the tour, Brockman authored five articles about campus trees for the U.W. Arboretum Bulletin. In 1968, the year he retired from the U.W. College of Forestry (now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences), his best-selling "Golden Guide" to Trees of North America was released. Brockman's enthusiasm and love of sharing knowledge suggests he surely would welcome this new campus tree tour.
About 480 different kinds of trees beautify the U.W. Only twenty-eight are species native on campus. Since before the turn of the century, forestry professors, botanists, gardeners and landscape architects have planted native and non-native trees for decoration and education. The campus community views trees as valuable resources, studies their ecological roles, and admires their fascinating variations and seasonal transformations. This tour is an online adaptation of the original tour designed by Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds. It introduces you to the great green realm of a campus renowned for its lovely landscape. Use the map, or the list of trees below the map to jump to small articles about each tree on the tour. May you gain information and inspiration.
If you are using the print version of the Brockman Memorial Tree Tour, please see the addendum to the print booklet.
There is also a free Android App available for the Brockman Tree Tour.
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The C. Frank Brockman Memorial Tree Tour is a project of the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program, in partnership with the University of Washington.
Conceptual design: Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds
Tree tour text: Arthur Lee Jacobson and Carly Thornburg
Editing: Sara Shores, Margaret Nailen, Seth Cowdery, Ellen Perry, Nora Strothman, Jessie Heasley, Linda Hanlon, Al Wagar, Ruth Thornburg, Dr. Dale Cole, Dr. Stan Gessel, William Talley
Black and white photography: C. Frank Brockman
Online Adaptations: UW Computing & Communications, Carly Thornburg, and David Campbell, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Color photography: Carly Thornburg, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Maps: Adapted by David Campbell, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
The C. Frank Brockman Memorial Tree Tour is a project of the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places Program, in partnership with the University of Washington. This public artwork is but one element of a larger public artwork conceived and created by visual artists Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds. The two wooden bus shelters on Stevens Way, set amidst the Deodar Cedars growing at the entrance ways to the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the Medicinal Herb Garden, were also designed by Hellmuth and Reynolds, collaborating with Hollinger Architecture, Inc. and artist Kurt Kiefer. The construction of the shelters was carried out by Fabrications Specialties, Inc. of Seattle, Washington. Complementing the bus shelters, as yet another element in Hellmuth's and Reynolds' project, is the nearby and Friends of the Medicinal Herb Garden Volunteer and Information Center, a structure also designed and built by the team listed above.
It is the artists' hope that these new campus amenities will be enjoyed by many students, faculty, and staff members of the University, as well as by public visitors and returning alumni. This website is intended to increase personal and public appreciation of this extraordinary living botanical collection. The C. Frank Brockman Memorial Tree Tour will reward a committed stroller with some good exercise and a solid overview of the many tree specimens flourishing on the campus of the University of Washington. Additionally, a quiet stroll through the Medicinal Herb Garden will provide one with restorative time for contemplation and a chance to learn from one of the largest thriving public herb collections extant in the Western Hemisphere.
These fine botanical resources and others exist on the UW campus due to the commitment of the University and the hard work of many generous volunteers. Carly Thornburg wishes to thank the following individuals: Al Wagar, David Campbell, Caroline Rosevear, Thomas Mentele, Dr. Bill Schnall, Bill Brockman, Sara Shores, Cesar Escobar, Kristine Kenney, Howard Nakase, Maryann Baron Wagner, Richard White, Frank Fujimoto, Gina Hills, Cecilia Paul, and Nevada Smith. Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds wish to thank the following individuals and entities who have helped bring their public artwork to life: Sally Abugov, Richard Andrews, Steve Archie, The Atlas Construction Specialty Co., Inc., John Chmelik, Dr. Dale Cole, Lee Copeland, Doug Ewing, Jan Gagnon, Dr. Stan Gessel, Beth Herman, Karin Hirschfeld, Brandt Hollinger, Jon Hooper, Arthur Lee Jacobson, Kurt Kiefer, David Marberg, Gerald McGuinness, Robert Murase, Carla Okigwe, George Rolfe, Robert Shrosbree, Simpson Strong Ties, William Talley, Larry Tate, Dr. David B. Thorud, the University of Washington Public Art Committee, Michael Williams, and Olivia Yang.
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