Topiary Testudo and Veteran’s Memorial Flag Court
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planted with Baltic ivy (Hedera helix var. baltica).
'Firepower' heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Firepower') is a dwarf
cultivar planted to the side of Testudo. 'Firepower' has one of the best red
winter foliage colors of any heavenly bamboo and it seldom produces fruit. The
planted circle also includes sedum, variegated liriope, and heuchera as ground
covers. Upright European hornbeam trees (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’)
outline the plaza, and will grow to about 40 feet tall at maturity.
The Veteran’s Memorial Flag Court, a place of reflection, is marked by two
50-foot flagpoles flying the U.S. and Maryland flags, and a plaque. The Flag
Court, honors those who have and are serving in the U.S. military, and will
serve as a lasting memorial to all of America's military heroes. It was built in
part with a $12,000 gift from the campus Air Force ROTC Detachment 30 and the
Arnold Air Society.
Both Topiary Testudo and the Veteran’s Memorial Flag Court became campus
landmarks as soon as they were dedicated in the fall of 2007. It is difficult to
imagine campus without them.