Dr. Betsy Pickup Memorial Tree

On a foggy Monday morning in February, the staff at Medora Elementary in southwest Louisville gathered outside of the school campus to pay tribute to the late Dr. Betsy Pickup, the principal at Medora who passed away in July 2016.

A deciduous magnolia, planted in Dr. Pickup’s honor, was installed by Robert Woodford using the old-fashioned bareroot method, which allows more roots to be saved than the ball and burlap method. Following a dedication speech, faculty and family members were invited to help mulch the tree. A collection from children, teachers, family, and friends paid for the Spectrum Magnolia, an old variety from the National Arboretum which is rarely available.