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August 10, 2012

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College Gardens: Michigan State University W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens

August 10, 2012
W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens

The gorgeous grounds at Michigan State University: W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens (Courtesy of W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens)

Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is fortunate enough to have one of the oldest and most beautiful collegiate botanical gardens in the United States: The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden.In fact, it is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The garden was founded in 1873 by Professor William James Beal. There is a rich history in the gardens that few know about, notably the large ginkgo tree that is located next to the Beaumont tower on campus.  This tree was a gift from the famous botanist Professor Asa Gray of Harvard Univeristy in 1863.
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