Student Memorial Garden

Language of Flowers

Plants with meanings

Established: 2010
Location: south side, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Flowers are often used to express human emotion. In 1884, Kate Greenaway’s Language of Flowers explored the symbolism of flowers in Victorian England. The book is the basis for this memorial to students and faculty who died while at Michigan Tech. Plant specimens are labeled with floral meaning, common name, and scientific name. Two white firs that existed at the site symbolize “Time,” while the new addition, an imperial honey locust at the center, symbolizes “affection beyond the grave.”

Read Thoughts on the Student Memorial Garden by retired master gardener Lynn Watson and Sustainable Gardening at Michigan Technological University to learn how Michigan Tech's gardens were established, and view a location map.