Natural Treasures all around us: Maplewood’s Magnificent Trees

October 21, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Look up. Our community is known for its vast array of native and introduced trees, but do we fully know and appreciate these natural treasures all around us? On Sunday, October 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. local artist/educator Karen Fuchs will discuss tree growth and its patterns from spreading branches to earthbound root systems and how and why artists and botanists share a love of these majestic living forms. Visitors can also count the rings of an old-growth tree stump on the grounds, trace its history and do a printing project of tree cross-sections.

The trees in Grasmere Park are a microcosm of Maplewood’s larger tree-scape. Todd Lamm, the recently retired head of the Township’s Department of Parks and Shade Trees will lead tours throughout the park visiting specimens including an American Elm, a Black Cherry, a Black Walnut, a Box Elder, a Sugar Maple, a White Ash, a White Pine and vintage apple trees, introducing their unique characteristics, habits and uses.

From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. visitors will also be able to view the exhibit After the Hickories: Roosevelt Park, and the Country Store will be open, with its unique selection of souvenirs and books.

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