Docent Days 9: in the trees
Things are still looking a bit small, but green. But growing–the most important part.
Last week we met out in the Arboretum, among the trees. I’m a lot greener about trees (hahaha green!) with much more to learn than in the botanic garden. There’s a difference you know. The first thing I think they tell everyone is that an arboretum is a collection of trees and shrubs, usually for educational purposes. Except in Austin, TX, where it’s a mall.
The horticultural supervisor who gave us the tour this day took part in a study about the allelopathic qualities of turfgrass around trees. They found that turf running right up to the bark inhibits the growth of trees, plus, a wide mulch circle is easier to mow around.
From the web site: The memorial “symbolizes how life can continue even under adverse conditions.The exhibit’s four boulders were created by Cornell A. D. White Professor-at-Large Andy Goldsworthy, a famed environmental artist. Three of the rocks are hollowed and each contains a dwarf chestnut oak (Quercus prinoides) sapling growing from a soil-filled center. The fourth rock is intact. The exhibit is on loan indefinitely from New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage.”
It’s a good thing they don’t expect it to come back to NYC soon.
I got a lot to learn, but no one’s going to take an Arboretum tour to learn in-depth about trees from me. If they do, I’ll be sure to keep pointing out the lovely views. Actually, in a couple weeks I’ll be ready to give practice tours so give a holler if you want me to practice on you!