In the fall of 2014, students in 7th & 8th grade
Agriculture classes at Paul Revere Middle School set out to create an online
resource for students to learn about the trees growing on campus. In 2015 and 2016, students continued to add
pictures to the site.
An "Arboretum" is a “plant
museum” that allows visitors to learn about the plants around them. Several local Arboretums worth visiting include the LA
County Arboretum, the Huntington Library, and
Special thanks to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's
"Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute", which allowed us to use many of their photos for our site.
It is an outstanding resource to learn more about Urban Forestry.
This tour takes visitors on a
clockwise walking tour around campus, starting and ending near the Main Office.
Office, walk past the row of offices and turn left into the
courtyard in front of the Auditorium.
- Start at the Coast
Redwood (1), a California native and our state tree. In the same
area, look for the Japanese Maple (2), and Floss Silk (3).
In the planters next to the Auditorium, look for Hollywood
Juniper(4) and Camellias(5). From here, walk a short
distance to the West driveway for towering examples of Indian Laurel
to the 8th
grade quad area to see beautiful specimens of Liquidambar
(7), Bird of Paradise(8), and Flowering Plum(9).
left just past the H building, looking for the smooth bark of
the Lemon Scented Eucalyptus(10) and tall Photinia(11)
north along the West Driveway, looking for the Chinese
Flame Tree(12) in front of the Orchestra building. Walking further up
the driveway, look for the Weeping Fig(13) and Camphor(14)
trees in front of the S building.
up the driveway, looking to the left to see the Norfolk Island Pines(15), looking above you at the Mexican
Fan Palms (16), and to your left to see a row of California Pepper
front of the Gym is a specimen of Moreton Bay Fig (17).
Continue walking in front of the gym to see a series of Jacaranda(18)
trees. Continue towards the entrance of the Farm, walking past Flowering
Pears (19) around the X bldg.
inside the entrance
to the Farm is a Canary Island Pine (20) and several Loquat
(21) fruit trees.
down the East
Driveway, start looking for many unique hedgerow specimens on
the left, and unique specimen trees between each building. Along the
hill, look for more Lemon Scented Eucalyptus, Torch Aloe (22),
Prickly Pear (23) cacti, a small California Pepper Tree (24)
specimen. Between the buildings, look for Olive (25), Flowering
Plum, Coral Trees (26), and Southern Magnolia (27).
unique specimen is the large Bodhi Tree (28) near the C bldg.
of the hill several mature species of California native Coast
Live Oak (29). At the bottom of the hill, turn right and walk
past the Library
and continue on towards the planter behind the Main Office. You'll see
more Canary Island Pine specimens, and a striking blue Kashmir
Cypress (30). In the courtyard look for Crepe Myrtle (31)
forward towards the offices, looking at the "forest" of Tasmanian
Tree Ferns (32) to your right. Turn back to the Main Office,
looking out towards the front of school where a row of Dawn Redwoods
are planted. These "living fossils" were thought extinct
until being rediscovered in China in the 1940's. Cuttings were
shared with botanists around the world, and they are now widely planted.
They are a symbol of the
power of knowledge and education to inspire cooperation and peace among
you for exploring the Revere Arboretum Project!
provide feedback or ask questions, please contact Agriculture Teacher, Carrie
Lawson Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org .