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Memorial and Honorary Gifts

There are opportunities to remember classmates, class years, or just support the Arboretum with the donation of a tree or a bench.  For the benches, we use the Dumor 6' or 8' Douglas Fir bench with 3" x 4" clear heartwood planks with a clear preservative treatment. Bench locations are arranged in consultation with donor and approval by the Arboretum Committee.
Holocaust bench & planting near Dunham Dorm.
A tree or groups of trees may be planted in support of the Arboretum. There is a tree-planting list with tree species, size, and location available for your selection. Trees on this list may be stand alone specimens or part of a larger planting. Special locations may be arranged depending upon the site and availability of a planting space. A guiding principle of the Hamilton Arboretum is to reconcile plantings and the buildings to work together to form a uniform presentation.



1984 Memorial tree for Michael T. Genco Jr, Class of 1984, located by Eells Residence Hall

Each tree planted will have an Arboretum tree plaque that notes the donor, who is memorialized, and tree description.

Donation Structure
  • Gifts for trees start at $1,500, which includes the Arboretum tree plaque.
  • Gifts for benches start at $2,400, which include the etched brass plaque.
The Process

All gifts start with a conversation with Sharon Rippey, Director, Alumni Relations, at the  Anderson-Connell Alumni Center, 315-859-4672 or srippey@hamilton.edu.  Sharon can assist you with your gift or memorial and help determine the tree species and bench locations.