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. 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.

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

Donation Structure

Gifts for trees are $1,500, which includes the Arboretum tree plaque.
Gifts for benches are $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.

Once you have confirmed tree type and location or bench location, please submit your donation via our "Make a Gift" site. In the notes section, add "This gift to the arboretum is for tree/bench in memory/honor of (name). "  You may also mail a check payable to Trustees of Hamilton College, c/o Sharon Rippey, 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton NY 13323. On the check memo line please include "arboretum: tree/bench." 


Contact Information


315-859-4892 315-859-4407 arboretum@hamilton.edu
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