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Babson College Celebrates Earth Month with Grove Planting of Sir Isaac Newton Apple Trees

The Babson College community celebrated Earth Month by planting a new grove of Sir Isaac Newton apple trees on the Babson campus Friday, April 19

The Babson College community celebrated Earth Month by planting a new grove of Sir Isaac Newton apple trees on the Babson campus Friday, April 19, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., on the North Lawn of Tomasso Hall.

Babson planted a new grove of apple trees on campus in order to honor our founder, Roger Babson, and his legacy and to ensure that descendants of the famed Sir Isaac Newton tree can be enjoyed by future generations of Babson alumni, students, faculty and staff and the greater community.

Adjacent to Babson’s iconic academic building and site of our former library, Tomasso Hall, and our current undergraduate admissions building, Lunder, the grove site also allows for visibility from the Blank Center, Wellesley Avenue and Forest Street. The site was selected by a vote of the Babson community that took place this year as part of Founder’s Day, which celebrates Roger Babson’s legacy.

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Roger Babson had a strong fascination with Sir Isaac Newton. Today, Babson retains several reminders of the famous scientist: the wood paneling and mantel taken from Newton’s 18th century London home and now in our Newton Room, many manuscripts, books, and other artifacts, and of course, a descendant of the famed Newton apple tree, a gift to Roger Babson from his wife and planted in the early 1950s. The tree is one of 11 currently situated on Babson’s campus - ten fifth-generation trees were planted here in the early 2000s.

These younger trees are capable of producing more trees, which provides us the opportunity to relocate them to an area on campus that will allow for continued enjoyment and many more plantings in years to come.

 

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By Hilary Katulak; hkatulak@babson.edu; 781-239-0723 | 4/18/2013 1:40 PM