“Poor drainage, bag worms, and wind damage”

This picture is undated but it captures a very specific moment in Academic Quad history:

What you instantly see is the short (maybe recently replanted?) hedges but also note two other things: the hedges still close off part of the east and west sides and the trees aren’t Italian cypresses but instead yews of some kind.

It’s the yews that give me the latest possible date for the shot. Here’s a Thresher article from December 1983 about their removal and relocation:

It’s hard not to feel some small stirrings of pity for the Building and Grounds Committee.


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9 Responses to “Poor drainage, bag worms, and wind damage”

  1. Karen says:

    Since these are the short hedges, and the newer hedge configuration, we know that the picture can be no earlier than 1981 or 1982. I don’t remember exactly which year it was when they went to the lower hedges, but those years are my best guesses. And if I had to pick one, I’d probably say 1982.

  2. loki_the_bubba says:

    The cypresses were replaced by yews due to Carla which were then replaced by cypresses due to Alicia which now need to be replaced due to Harvey.

  3. mattnoall says:

    Yew trees are gone and so is the bow material ( I know they weren’t English yew) 😊

  4. Mike G. says:

    They dug out the old privet hedges first week of March, 1980…

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