Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flower Joy

Spring is a season everyone at Gordon loves: the snow melts, the weather gets warmer, the birds chirp—and the flowers bloom. Flowers appear in the shape of a cross in front of the chapel around Easter each year, and, behind Jenks, they spell out the graduation year of the senior class.

How do they grow so perfectly and beautifully every year?

Credit must go to Alton Bynum, superintendent of grounds, who plants and tends bulbs and annuals, creating a beautiful and welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff. “I like to get students to appreciate the landscaping,” states Bynum. “Hostilities go down when flowers are around. They are a cheap thing for a lot of joy.” Bynum especially loves daffodils and tulips. “Tulips never disappoint you. They always bloom on time.”

Bynum’s goal for this summer is to get more annuals planted. “I want to get back to the glory days—and make it nice for people.” Bynum puts in every effort to welcome students to Gordon. He certainly did that for me when I came four years ago. The landscape has always been appealing to me, and I will always remember its magnificence here at Gordon.

By Natalie Fitzpatrick ’11

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