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Where campus beauty is a natural fact

An oft-recorded standard from America’s songbook romanticizes “April in Paris,” and poet Robert Browning waxed poetically, “O, to be in England now that April’s there.” At PCToday, we see no need to travel to Europe – or anywhere else, pandemic or no – during this merry month of reawakening, as the sights of the season are plenty gorgeous in our Penn College backyard. Amble across main campus (without even leaving your desktop or device!) and enjoy Earth’s idyllic partnership with General Services.

– Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor

Spring splendor is in full bloom with this glorious line of Bradford pear trees at the Bush Campus Center.
Spring splendor is in full bloom with this glorious line of Bradford pear trees at the Bush Campus Center.

Tulips triumphant!
Tulips triumphant!

Daffodils dance with the Dodge – the unique water feature outside College Avenue Labs – as the truck's chrome and glass glimmer in the sun.
Daffodils dance with the Dodge – the unique water feature outside College Avenue Labs – as the truck’s chrome and glass glimmer in the sun.

Even with their petals falling to the ground, the purple azaleas at the Thompson Professional Development Center offer a sumptuous eyeful for those strolling the campus mall (like the metal “Student Bodies” sculptures in the background).
Even with their petals falling to the ground, the purple azaleas at the Thompson Professional Development Center offer a sumptuous eyeful for those strolling the campus mall (like the metal “Student Bodies” sculptures in the background).

A playful patch of daffodils decorates the northwest side of the Madigan Library. (And, in no time, those trees will be decked out, too!)
A playful patch of daffodils decorates the northwest side of the Madigan Library. (And, in no time, those trees will be decked out, too!)

A weeping cherry outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center
A weeping cherry outside the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center

Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is dwarfed by Bradford pear trees while dainty daffodils line the curved driveway.
Le Jeune Chef Restaurant is dwarfed by Bradford pear trees while dainty daffodils line the curved driveway.

Purple hyacinth “wave” their green petals, seeming to welcome visitors to the ATHS patio.
Purple hyacinth “wave” their green petals, seeming to welcome visitors to the ATHS patio.

Delightful daffodils at the Klump Academic Center
Delightful daffodils at the Klump Academic Center

Magnolia buds and blooms arch to the sky.
Magnolia buds and blooms arch to the sky.

Student housing courtyards also showcase the beauty of the season.
Student housing courtyards also showcase the beauty of the season.

Artistically enhancing the front of the Bush Campus Center is this magnificent magnolia.
Artistically enhancing the front of the Bush Campus Center is this magnificent magnolia.

This weeping cherry in front of Penn College Police headquarters attractively satisfies one's wanderlust, its cascade of blooms evoking the southern climes of Charleston or New Orleans.
This weeping cherry in front of Penn College Police headquarters attractively satisfies one’s wanderlust, its cascade of blooms evoking the southern climes of Charleston or New Orleans.

Eastern redbud branches point the way to respite on a campus bench near Rose Street Commons.
Eastern redbud branches point the way to respite on a campus bench near Rose Street Commons.

A cherry tree on the ATHS grounds frames a bike rack, whence a student's wheels will soon roll into Finals Week!
A cherry tree on the ATHS grounds frames a bike rack, whence a student’s wheels will soon roll into Finals Week!