The following was emailed to friends of the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens by Mary Maloney, the arboretum’s director, in late afternoon on Jan. 8:
“I just received a text from the Chadwick Arboretum Tree Planting Team in Arlington, Texas, near the site of the pending College Football National Championship game, and our team placed first in the tree planting competition! Team member and Chadwick GIS Specialist Christine Voise said it was by a landslide. I thought that this might happen when our team was featured planting a tree in under 60 seconds with Channel 10’s Jeff Hogan [Columbus TV] on the noon-day report earlier today!
“I have attached a photo of the plaque and the tree planting team [above]. From the left: Mike Boren (father of the three Boren brothers who all play/played on the Ohio State football team); Christine Voise (Chadwick Arboretum GIS and accessions specialist); Mitch Gatewood (Ohio State alumnus from the Dallas-Fort Worth area); Mike Pfeiffer (Chadwick Arboretum horticulturist); Ray Kreutzfeld (Ohio State alumnus from the Dallas-Fort Worth area); Christy Dudgeon (Ohio State alumna and vice president of Grass Groomers Inc.); Steve Schneider (Ohio State landscape planner and ISA-certified arborist); and Dan Struve (emeritus professor of horticulture and Chadwick Arboretum volunteer).
“Thanks to the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, Texas, and the Texas Tree Foundation for coordinating this tree-rific event! Thanks too to our donors: The Ohio State University Office of Administration and Planning, Chadwick Arboretum, and a special Friend of Chadwick Arboretum.
“Now, it’s up to the Football Buckeyes to seal the deal on national championships by winning part 2 of the competition next Monday!”
... which we know now how that turned out.