April 30, 2010:
Today, I went on a nature walk in Marquand park in Princeton, New Jersey happily taking photos of trees with their labels.
Marquand park is an aboretum established in the 1880’s first as a private estate and farm ; In the 1950’s , 15 acres were donated to the borough.
From the mid 19th century to the early 20th century it was fashionable for large estate owners to collect and disply exotic, unusual or rare native plant species on their grounds.
Owners of Maraquand park were horticulturalists and collectors.
Names of trees that I took pictures of were a few types of Magnolia-Lenne Magnolia, and Oyama Magnolia, ,a very tall Shellbark Hickory, an American Beech, a White Oak.
Throughout the park, there are both gravel and paved paths and wooden benches interspersed along the way to rest and admire the beauty of nature.
“Each generation takes the earth as trustees”.
By J. Sterling Morton
Arbor Day history:
J. Sterling Morton came with his wife from Detroit to Nebraska Territory in in 1854. They both shared a love of nature and began planting trees and shrubs at their home. He spread agricultural information and and his enthusuam for trees working as a journalist for Nebraska’s finest newspaper. Trees were needed for windbreaks to keep the soil in place, for fuel, building materials and shad from the hot sun.
The first tree planting day was April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.
It is estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day.
Prizes were awarded to counties and individuals that properly planted the largest number of trees that day.
In 1885, Arbor day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska.
A number of State Arbor days are at other times to coincide with better tree planting weather.