Springtime means classes taught outdoors, playing Frisbee on the Quad and dipping toes into Seneca Lake. As signs of spring begin to pop up all across campus, the HWS grounds crew has traded snow shovels for trees, flowers and mulch as they begin the process of beautifying campus. The 12-man crew does everything from restoring lawns to setting up events during the warm months. Mulching and edging is also in the works, and lawn restoration began last week to repair snow damage. Much of their work brings out and complements the natural beauty of campus and its historic buildings, like an exterior makeover of the Admissions Center, which will create a warmer welcome for campus visitors. Last year, the crew planted 3,000 daffodil bulbs around campus and 6,000 additional bulbs outside of the Elliott Studio Arts Building. As the daffodils come up, they will also be planting annuals, like pansies, around campus. “We plant more daffodils than tulips because deer do not eat daffodils,” explains Director of Grounds David Iannicello. In celebration of 2008 Earth Week, the grounds crew planted 10 new trees on campus. A special tree, placed near the Quad in honor of the philanthropist and nurseryman William Smith and in celebration of the William Smith Centennial, was planted by Nobel Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement Dr. Wangari Maathai P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94 during her April 24 visit to campus. With all this working going on, you’d expect the grounds crew to be getting ready for vacation, but instead, they’re gearing up for their next big project: Commencement.