Mission and Vision
Mission: The mission of the MUSC Arboretum is to transform the university campus into a place of optimal healing and learning by creating an urban landscape that invigorates, inspires, and teaches through nature.
Vision: The MUSC campus will become a living museum of botanical offerings. Varied native vegetation will be an integral component of the planting scheme and will be documented and labeled to serve as a teaching tool about the trees and plants unique to the Lowcountry. The MUSC Arboretum will be recognized as a Tree Campus USA site. It will be a botanical showcase integrated into the patient care and academic culture of a venerable institution of higher learning; a place of pride and peace for faculty, students, and staff; an ultimate healing environment for patients and their families. A healthy, robust arboretum signifies a healthy campus and learning environment and will serve to recruit faculty, students and enhance patient care.
The MUSC Arboretum will provide a much-needed green space in the center of the medical complex’s urban environment and will complement and interconnect the City of Charleston’s existing network of parks and street trees.
This outside classroom will educate anyone interested in obtaining knowledge about the Lowcountry’s native species, as well as the healing properties of plants historically used for medicinal purposes. All legacy trees will be identified and protected and will be included in a dynamic electronic inventory that will catalogue each tree, provide the basis for its care and maintenance, and be available to the world through an interactive website.
A certified arborist or landscape architect will be responsible for updating an existing campus-wide landscape plan, which is incorporated into the university’s facilities planning. The arboretum will fall under the purview of this professional, who will ensure the holistic integration of the arboretum into the overall campus facilities planning, landscape planning and maintenance efforts.
While serving as a place of learning and healing, the arboretum will also serve as an example of the best in urban forestry planning and construction and educate and inspire other local communities to adopt and implement these practices.
Not only will the MUSC Arboretum fully complement the learning and healing environment of the Medical University and patient care facilities, it will simply provide a respite in nature on the MUSC campus in the middle of the Charleston peninsula.