The new walkways around the ponds are almost completed. These pictures don't even begin to capture how beautiful the views are. All of us who spend time in the Arboretum are extremely grateful for the generous gift from the Kari Family, to honor the metmory of Dr. Frank A. Kari.
From the Arboretum's recent press release:
INVESTMENT OF THE DR. FRANK A. KARI GIFT
The UI Arboretum received a generous gift from Kari Family to honor the memory of Dr. Frank A. Kari. The Arboretum has determined to invest the gift in a walkway from Japan House, around the ponds and connect back into the walkway that leads from the Arboretum parking lot to Japan House (see attached plan). The gift will also provide for native plantings around the ponds and an endowment for the management and maintenance of the plants and ponds. There is no other location on the UI campus with such a native plant display.
Investment of this gift in the walkway is in keeping with the mission of the Arboretum, which is to discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge in the plant sciences and applied arts by providing an aesthetically enriched setting for education, research, conservation, and enjoyment. The Arboretum is envisioned as a living laboratory, including plant collections and facilities that supported the teaching, research, and public service programs of several units throughout the University. The Dr. Frank A. Kari Walkway and Pond Restoration will be a wonderful addition to the native plant collection of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
just a bit more work left....