john r. rodman with newly planted orange trees

A Grove of One’s Own

The citrus trees north of the Grove House were just saplings when this photo was taken in the late 1970s. The grove was planted to replicate the original setting surrounding the building, which was known as the Zetterberg house before moving to campus. Involved in the grove’s planting was John R. Rodman (pictured), who came to Pitzer College in 1965 as an assistant professor of political studies and nurtured the growth of the College’s unique gardens and landscaping. As this issue of Participant suggests, Rodman’s vision of environmental awareness spreading like branches across the College’s culture has thrived—just like those saplings—in the years since the photo was taken.