Audio recordings of the full interviews conducted by students of the Hear, Here Arboretum project, as part of HIST*3560: Experiential Learning, Summer 2022.


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  • Lise Anne and Mike were married at the Arboretum in 2019. They share memories of her Mom's delight at the choir singing outdoors as well as Mike's recollection of the magical sensation walking...
  • John Curtis worked at the Arboretum when it opened in 1970 as their first Collections Technician. He reminisces about painting the kitchen a "too bright" yellow and how the kitchen decor remained...
  • Byron talks about encountering a deer by a trail and seeing it chase off a coyote
  • Chris Earley is the Arboretum's interpretive biologist and has been working there for the past 30 years. He describes a conversation with Henry Kock, the Arboretum's interpretive horticulturist, at...
  • Chris Earley studied a course at the Nature Centre before his undergrad. He recalls the the activities that took place here. Chris is very attached to the nature and loved studying at the Nature...
  • RJ Hilton teaching Ruth how to prune and graft plants.
  • Ric Jordan who has contributed 40 years of his life to the Arboretum talks about the Reflecting Pool. He shares an interesting story about the construction of the original pond. This story tells...
  • John draws on their experience at the Arboretum as a naturalist photographer, as well as their personal experience involving their loved ones and dedication at the Memorial Grove.
  • Lilia Sharpe highlights the most significant aspects of her wedding day within the Arboretum. She describes how the space influenced her perfect day and how this space still brings her joy to this...
  • Amber draws on her experience during COVID-19 and how the Arboretum's Memorial Grove gave them an opportunity to escape the madness of the flu. Amber remembers when she first heard of the Memorial...
  • John talks about how his friend Lig (Ligida) would save frogs from the winter conditions of the fountain in the Italian garden. John and his friend Fred would help her with it as she developed...
  • Sarina Perchak shares how the Tea Garden has facilitated a space of beginnings for her. She describes the space as a place of beginnings by telling us how her first experience coming into the Tea...
  • Caelum Wishart is the head gardener at the Arboretum. He shares his personal story of how the garden has helped his wife deal with mental health struggles. Visitors to the Arboretum have approached...
  • Murray Woods graduated from the OAC in 1956 and he chaired a committee of fellow alumni to fundraise $50,000 for an Arboretum Park in the Garden. They well exceeded that amount for a total of $86...
  • Terry Schwan on his history with the Zavitz Pines site.

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