Branches and Benches

A living tribute of grace & beauty

Branch & Bench Commemoratives at Furman

When you pass through the gates of Furman University, you find yourself immersed in the tranquility of giant oaks. Under this verdant canopy of noble trees, you experience first hand the vision of men and women who saw beyond the barren landscape of the 1950s to create a unique environment for living and leaning that would grow more lovely over the years. Now, decades later, you know they succeeded beyond measure.

Through the Living Tribute program, you may plant or adopt a tree or place a bench in a special spot on the campus in honor of a loved one or a special professor. In so doing, you link the honoree's name for all time with this legacy of grace and beauty.

The cost depends upon the size, variety and location of the tree or bench you select. Your gift covers the cost of purchasing, planting or placing and maintaining the tree or bench, as well as a commemorative plaque.

To discuss trees to be planted or adopted and benches to be placed, please contact:

Nancy Liebezeit
Director of the Living Tribute program
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613

Commemorative Trees

Examples of new trees needed include:
  • Elm and Poplar, $3,000-$5,000, Amphitheater
  • Various species, $3,000-$10,000, Japanese Garden and North Village
  • Flowering Cherry, $3,000, west side of Lake
Examples of existing trees include:
  • Oak, $5,000, Along Milford Mall; between chapel and library
  • Crape Myrtle, $1,000, Bell Tower walkway
  • Maple, $2,500, Lane to Cherrydale

Commemorative Benches

Benches may be placed and named in recognition of gifts of $3,000.  Existing benches may be named for gifts of $1,500. The Director of the Living Tribute program will work with you regarding the location of the bench that you choose.

*A portion of each gift in the Living Tribute program will be added to the restricted campus fund to ensure the proper maintenance of trees, benches and plantings on the campus.

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