GROUNDS PROVIDES LIGHTS FOR PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION (AND ENGAGEMENT!)
As we reported in last month's issue, the George Bush Library held an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which featured former President George H.W. Bush and former Senator Bob Dole. Various SSC Grounds Management crews spent a few weeks tweaking the landscape and adding some features to help make the grounds shine for the event. The Penberthy turf team over-seeded the lawns around the pond with rye grass and the greenhouse/color team, supervised by Abbey Draut, changed out over 5,000 square feet of flower beds with alyssum, pansies and violas. The George Bush Library horticulture team, led by John Duncan, added numerous plants and shrubs throughout the GBL gardens. Some of the plant material included Julia Child roses, knock out roses, several flats of annuals and perennials around the Presidential Pond, and multiple elaeagnus pungens along the backside of the pond.
A group of Mormon missionaries assigned to the A&M campus volunteered to hang over 1,600 Christmas lights on the seven arbors in the rose garden at the George Bush Library. The lights were provided by SSC Grounds. When members of the Grounds team went to inspect the lights the first night they were illuminated, they were approached by student photographer, Joe Rupprecht '19, to see if the lights could temporarily be turned off for a very special occasion. Joe's cousin, John Rupprecht '15, surprised his girlfriend, Madelyn DeLeon '16, with a marriage proposal. The picture above, taken by Joe Rupprecht, is of the happy couple and perfect mood lighting.