AU breaks ground at Toomer's Corner

AU breaks ground at Toomer's Corner

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Auburn fans are gearing up for a special Valentine's weekend, but instead of roses Auburn University is presenting the Auburn family with two Live Oaks.

On Saturday Feb. 14 at 7:30, the AU family is invited to celebrate at Toomer's Corner and watch the Oaks take root at their new home.

"This sort of experience doesn't come around these opportunities to see something like this happen on our campus is rare and I am hoping a lot of people will come out and participate," Gary Keever said, Auburn University Horticulture expert.

Keever and his team selected three oaks from 9,000 trees at a South Carolina Nursery.

Two trees will be planted at the corner and the third will be ready just in case. He hopes Auburn fans are ready to bury the past.

"It's a chore to transplant big trees, you never know what somebody may do, you never know what may happen to the trees so having a third is a proactive move, somebody with some good vision look down road and thought it would be good to have a third, but I hope it stays happy planted somewhere else on campus," Mike Clardy stated.

Clardy continued, "We can stand here and smile and laugh about it because it is something so positive it hasn't been that way a lot of times, so let's look on the bright side, not look back, let's move forward and make that corner whole again."

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