March 30, 2011

Farewell, Olmstead Elm

National Park Service Photo of the Olmstead, property.

A 200 year old historic American Elm is scheduled to be cut down this week as it loses its battle with Dutch Elm Disease. The National Park Service, worried about the tree falling and damaging a building, are removing the tree which is ( was) growing for the past 200 years on the former Brookline Massachusetts property of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture ( and the father of Central Park in NYC and his first project in the US, in my home town of Worcester, MA, ironically,Elm Park).
A friend shared this report from a local radio station  WBUR, a sad tribute to an old American Elm which is being cur down this weekend ( unless our expected foot of snow tomorrow brings it down!).
Article is here.

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