Van Camp Memorial Plaque at front of arboretum.
All goes well in the J. L. VanCamp Arboretum; tree and shrubs are growing well and maintenance is about the only activity to report. However, it was a treat on August 26 to have Boo Wuestenfeld and her daughter Pam here for a visit! It had been a couple years since they visited, so we hopped into a truck and toured the arboretum. Pam took a picture of the VanCamp Memorial Plaque that is situated on a large boulder at the entrance to the arboretum. You can see just how much the adjacent fir trees have grown if you compare this picture with one posted about 10 years ago at the initiation of this website.
The weather was a bit blustery as summer storms were brewing, but I managed to get this photo of Boo and Pam outside the Martell Conference Center. Some of the prairie planting was still flowering behind them, which made for a nice background. From Martell, we drove into West Lafayette for lunch. On the 52 Bypass is a restaurant, Route 66, that is owned and operated by the owners of the landmark, go-to drive-in for many alums – Triple XXX. Along with the classic Triple XXX menu, there is a nice selection of salads, veggies and main courses. Of course, we mainly stuck with Triple XXX-style food and had a great time.
Boo and Pam at Martell Conference Center in August.
All-in-all, we had a fun day that was way too short, as Boo and Pam needed to leave to get back to Columbus. Please stop by soon, all VanCamp friends and family members!
Please feel free to contact Sally with any questions regarding this ongoing project.
Sally Weeks, Dendrologist
Manager of the Van Camp Arboretum
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Arboretum Updates - November 2008; August 2012;
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