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Hofstra University Library Special Collections
Flora and Fauna at Hofstra University


This on-line Flora and Fauna exhibit samples the natural and cultural beauty of the Hofstra University Campus. The 240 acre campus, a member of the American Public Gardens Association since 1985, is an integrated mix of choice cultivated plants, living habitat and fine art. Over 10,000 trees of 650 varieties are to be found throughout the campus, together with many hundreds of thousands of shrubs, perennials and spring bulbs. Students may stroll through the award-winning campus, relaxing on its many benches or viewing an impressive collection of art sculpture which includes examples of Henry Moore, Seymour Lipton and Paul Manship.

Arboretum collections of special interest are the Pinetum where Paul Manship's sculpture, "Briseis" is located; the Labyrinth, a meditational walk and memorial to the victims of the September 11th tragedy; a Sensory Garden, dedicated to disabled persons; and an award winning Bird Sanctuary, a living habitat for birds, small and aquatic animals. An exciting recent addition to the collections, is The Greenway Promenade. A student-inspired idea, the Greenway follows a former Mitchell Field aircraft runway, reclaiming it from barren parking space to create a green and sheltered walkway connecting the Student Center with the dormitories.

In 1995, the Campus received an award for the best maintained campus by the National Parks and Grounds Management Society.

Housed in the Hofstra University Archives are photographic albums created by the Friends of the Arboretum, newsletters and other ephemeral material issued by the Friends. A finding aid to this collection is available in the Archives reading room, located on the first floor of the Library Technical Services and Resource Center on the West Campus of Hofstra University.

Exhibit Creators:
Karen Hennessey, Archivist Assistant
Bronwyn Hannon, Curator of Acquisitions, Special Collections