Ailing Trees To Be Removed at U.Va. Art Museum

October 06, 2010

October 6, 2010 — Three ailing gingko trees and an American holly will be taken down in front of the Thomas H. Bayly Building, which houses the University of Virginia Art Museum.

"The trees are spindly and in failing health," U.Va. landscape superintendent Richard Hopkins said. "The snow load on the branches broke them up because the trees are in failing health and prone to be brittle."

Hopkins said the trees, on the Rugby Road side of the building, will be removed Friday. The gingko tree on the north of the building, between the Bayly Building and the Chi Phi fraternity house, will be replaced with a willow oak. A terrace to display outside art will be installed on the site of the other three trees.

Hopkins said about 50 boxwoods will also be removed from the site and replaced with new boxwoods.

Construction on the terrace is scheduled to start next week. Pedestrian traffic through the area will be rerouted during construction.

— By Matt Kelly