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Wise Nurseries helps green GSU campus
Business donates 8,600 perennials, shrubs, trees
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Billy Griffis, left, vice president for University Advancment at GSU, shakes hands with Matthew Wise, owner of Wise Nurseries, which recently donated $92,000 worth of perennials, shrubs and trees to the university. Wendall Thompkins, Georgia Southern's director of Annual Giving, also is pictured. - photo by Special
      Statesboro's Wise Nurseries recently donated more than 8,600 perennials, shrubs and trees worth $92,000 to Georgia Southern University. The gift represents the largest single gift of plants to "green" the campus.
       Working with the university's landscape architect, the university's grounds crew is putting the new plants at carefully selected locations throughout the nearly 700-acre campus.
       "We are extremely appreciative of Wise Nurseries' gift to Georgia Southern University," said Billy Griffis, vice president of University Advancement. "This gift will further improve the beauty of our campus for not only current students, but future generations. This gift is particularly meaningful because it will be enjoyed by everyone who visits campus."
       "Georgia Southern has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country and we have had an outstanding relationship with the institution and its faculty, staff and students have supported us for many years," said Matthew Wise, owner of Wise Nurseries. "We are proud to support Georgia Southern University and we are particularly pleased that we could contribute to improving the campus with these plants."
       Georgia Southern's landscape design features a variety of native trees and shrubs, but also includes a variety of plants from around the state of Georgia and the Southeast.
       Wise Nurseries has provided plants for numerous projects at Georgia Southern University including the landscaping for the front gates of the University, the Zach S. Henderson Library, University Housing projects, the recent expansion of The Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q. Ball, Jr. Raptor Center along with numerous others.