UNCG’s naturally
gifted beauty 

Prospective students say it during their first tour of campus. Alumni say it when they return for Homecoming. What a beautiful place! 

In recent times, our campus landscape has been named UNCG a Tree Campus USA university every year since 2009 by the National Arbor Day Foundation. In fact, UNCG was the first in the UNC System to receive this honor.  

Our reputation for natural beauty stretches back many decades. Our most famous professor, Randall Jarrell, who served as the nation’s poet laureate in the 1950s, referred to campus as “Sleeping Beauty.” He is among the many faculty over the decades who’ve used those gorgeous shade trees to teach classes outside. 

UNCG’s campus is filled with tucked-away spots to read or hang out; expansive spaces for people-watching or catching some sun; and a spring-fed woods for immersion into nature. 

How did it get this beautiful? Hundreds of gifts, large and small, have made our campus landscape ideal for students and welcoming to returning alumni. At Homecoming, many find a visit is not complete without savoring a few moments at a treasured spot. 

Let’s explore a sampling of these lovely locales. 

It’s so beautiful now.

See the little-told story of how it all started…

By Mike Harris ’93 MA.
Additional research by Debbie Rogers, Advancement.
Photography courtesy University Communications. Galyon Garden/Gingko tree photograph courtesy Madeline Saintsing.