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The James M. Ragsdale Memorial Grove This grove of flowering crab apple trees and benches was designed and planted in memory of one of New Bedford's civic leaders, James M. Ragsdale, editor of the Standard Times from 1976-1994. The Grove was designed by Jim Sears and planted in 1995 with the intent of providing comfortable sitting areas beneath trees adjacent to the campus buildings. Students from the University's Horticulture class dug and transplanted the flowering crab apple trees from Mr. Ragsdale's nearby residence. Private gifts funded this project totaling $5000. In the flyer for the Dedication ceremony dated May 5, 1995 Sears wrote:
Now, almost 6 years later, (2001), the trees are thriving. As planned they provide shade and intimate scale to the granite benches where visitors often sit on warm days. The flowering crabs come to full bloom about the 5th of May. The two English oaks (Quercus robur), started from acorns in 1988 by Jim Sears, are filling out and are growing into respectable sized trees.
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Last Updated On: 6/03/05
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