The frozen/dead flowers all over campus look awful

Question

The frozen/dead flowers all over campus look awful — when does the university plan to remove them?

Response

First, thank you for being involved in the open and transparent discussion (Grapevine) for the betterment of our university.

The answer to your question is as follows:

Folks all over the Fairbanks campus love and have requested over the years for us to leave the plants in the ground right up until the first frost or snowfall, as they enjoy the colors and textures. Each year over the past six, the first frost day gets later and later. As we are on a hill, it sometimes is even later here on campus. It is always a balance of knowing when the first frost will occur and pulling the beds. This year as you know the first frost was just a couple days before the first snow, and with limited staffing, we do not have the ability to deal with the beds and traction issues at the same time. There is no snow forecast for the next week, and I’m sure the crews will be out clearing beds soon.

I hope that answers your question, and again, thank you for being an active part of making us better.

— Darrin “Bear” Edson, superintendent of operations, Facilities Services