Southern Oregon University Botanical Tour features 107 trees, pollinator gardens, and the SOU Farm. Some trees on the tour are older than the school itself.
In 2014, the Arbor Day Foundation accredited SOU with its Tree Campus award, and in 2015 the University became the first Bee Campus in the nation by providing pollinator beds and bee habitats throughout the campus. SOU has pledged with the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause Campaign to stop the use of all neonicotinoids on campus in an effort to help protect pollinators . Neonicotinoids are harmful systemic insecticides.
SOU offers guided tours and self-guided tours. Brochures can be picked up at the SOU Landscape Services located at 351 Walker Avenue. Tel: 541-552-6117
Mike Oxendine is SOU’s Landscape Services Supervisor
“….experiment showed not only that plants can learn” by association — which is astounding in itself — but also how easily humans underestimate plants. “We are plant blind,”…. Monica Gagliano Ecologist University of Western Australia
There was a very interesting article written by Marta Zaraska in the May 2017 issue of Discover Magazine about the ongoing research on plant behaviors. Gagliano, and other researchers, are discovering how plants talk to each other, and not only do plants learn by association, but they remember and make decisions. They recognize family members, learn language from their parents, support other plants and warn each other. Some plants even count. They are “brainier than you think”!