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In April the thick greenery around the C-bench disappeared, replaced by a manicured lawn and a clear view from Cobb Hall to Swift. The changes, says University Planner Richard Bumstead, “are part of the overall campus upgrades that are under way.” The arborvitae evergreens that formerly circled the bench “were in decline after last year’s drought,” Bumstead says, “and we were having a difficult time finding large enough specimens to match the existing shrubs.” Those shrubs arrived in 2000, transplanted from the Jean Block (AM’63) Garden behind the Reg to accommodate the Palevsky Residence Halls. The new C-bench plants include “a row of Viburnum plicatum ‘wantanabe,’ which will remain much shorter than the arborvitae, and will be underplanted with Siberian iris ‘butter and sugar.’”—A.B.P.

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