Bench facing the Furman bell tower

Benches and Branches

When you pass through the gates of Furman University, you find yourself immersed in the tranquility of giant oaks. Under this canopy, you experience the vision of men and women who saw beyond the barren landscape of the 1950s to create a unique environment for living and learning that would grow more lovely over the years.

Through the Living Tribute program, you may plant or adopt a tree, or place a bench on campus in honor of a loved one or a special professor. In so doing, you link the honoree’s name with this legacy of grace and beauty. The cost depends upon the size, variety and location of the tree or bench you select. Your gift covers the cost of purchasing, planting and maintaining the tree or bench, as well as a commemorative plaque.

To discuss the Living Tribute program, please contact Rebecca Bilott, by phone, 864.294.3704, or by email,

Commemorative Branches

Examples of new trees needed:

  • Elm and Poplar: Amphitheater
  • Various species: Japanese Garden and North Village

Examples of existing trees:

  • Oak: along Milford Mall between Daniel Chapel and James B. Luke Library
  • Crape Myrtle: Bell Tower walkway
  • Maple: lane to Cherrydale Alumni House

Rose garden honorariums:

Honor your loved one or commemorate an occasion with a rose bush in the Janie E. Furman Rose Garden or in other beautiful locations on campus.

Commemorative Benches

Benches may be placed and named in recognition of your loved ones, past and present. The Director of the Living Tribute program will work with you regarding the location of the bench that you choose.

*A portion of each gift in the Living Tribute program will be added to the restricted campus fund to ensure the proper maintenance of trees, benches and plantings on the campus.