Barnard College is transplanting its storied magnolia, a fixture of its campus for 60 years that has earned the love of students, alumnae, faculty, friends and neighbors. The tree is symbolic of countless student and alumnae experiences and serves as a campus landmark and meeting place. The magnolia has inspired a clothing line blog posts, fun student speculation on “Maggie’s” next move and (unofficial) Twitter and Instagram handles. 


  • The much-cherished magnolia sits in the construction area of the future state-of-the-art academic building that will replace Lehman Hall (main library) and serve students, scholars and alumnae for decades to come.


  • Consulting with top arborists to plan every step of the complicated three-day operation, Barnard is moving the magnolia to a new “forever home” where it can continue to thrive.
  • Barnard’s greenhouse coordinator has taken grafts from the tree (air layers), which will be nurtured and, when ready, gifted to sister colleges.


  • Barnard students, faculty, alumnae and community members are invited to take part in celebrating the magnolia tree throughout the day. 
  • Barnard leadership, biologists, and professional arborists are available for interviews. 


  • In a nod to the tree’s importance to the Barnard community, the “move day” will be a celebratory event, with observation space open to the public, videos, cider and doughnuts, and goodies donated by Magnolia Bakery.

Wednesday, Nov.18, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway (117th Street) 
Observation space: Lehman Hall, Second Floor
NOTE: Actual move time depends on weather-related conditions

For media inquiries, contact:

Barnard College Media Relations
(212) 854-2037