"Green For You" Will Plant Trees, Preserve Park-Like Campus

Posted Apr 19th, 2010 by Lynnette J. Werning  Category: Community Interest


On Arbor Day, April 30, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) will
embark upon a campaign to raise $100,000 for a campus-wide landscaping
and tree-planting project. The goal is to plant 100 new trees over the next
year across TMA’s 36-acre grounds.

“Many people consider our campus to be the space between the Main
Museum and the Glass Pavilion,” said Rod Bigelow, TMA’s interim Executive
Director and COO. “In reality, TMA owns six buildings and maintains a large
footprint in our Old West End neighborhood.” The Museum campus is entirely
dependent upon private support for its care and maintenance.

According to Mr. Bigelow, the project is both proactive and reactive. “The
emerald ash borer necessitated the removal of numerous ash trees on the
campus. Plus, we recently removed a huge heritage oak in front of the
Museum that died from old age,” he said. “In the next 20 to 30 years we
anticipate losing many more of our older trees. If we don’t plant young trees
now we risk losing the park-like setting so many of our visitors and neighbors

Contributions to the “Green For You” campaign will support the
implementation of a plan for the second century of the TMA campus
landscape. Along with the new trees, a significant number of shrubs and
deciduous plants will also be planted. The goal is to immediately remove and
replace trees that have been lost to disease or old age and to plant young
trees in proximity to those that are nearing the end of their life span. This will
allow the young trees a number of years to mature, thus avoiding big gaps in
the future tree canopy.

Donors who contribute $5,000 or more to the “Green For You” campaign will
have the chance to name a new tree in honor or in memory of a loved one.
Mid- and lower-level donors will be recognized through campus recognition
signs and a temporary tree in the TMA lobby that will sprout colorful leaves
bearing the names of those who contribute $5 or more.

The Museum has a long tradition of grassroots community support, dating
back to 1908 when 10,000 school children donated pennies and nickels to
help construct the original Museum building.

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