The Prescott Journal - October 23, 2002
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
Now that we're into the major development phase of the Prescott Heritage River Trail, we have marked the area with caution tape to indicate possible hazards to the public. There's lots of equipment around, the ground is uneven and there could be small or large holes. So, it's vitally important to keep a safe distance and respect the caution boundary at all times while the tape is up. The 1.5-m (five feet) wide trail will be built with a 150mm (six inch) base of compact gravel, topped with 30-mm (1.5 inches) compacted stone dust. A 300-mm (12 inch) grass shoulder will be finished off both sides of the trail.
White Ash (Fraxinus americana) will be one of the arboretum's most prominent trees. It makes a handsome specimen tree for a park or large home property, maturing at an average height of 21 meters (70 feet). This native tree, which has been in decline in the wild, has a beautiful pyramidal shape growing 30 to 60 cm (one to two feet) per year. This stately tree turns a wonderful glossy maroon colour in early fall, holding it's colour for up to four weeks. It's such a strong and straight grained hardwood, that it's important commercially, making the best baseball bats, hockey sticks and axe handles.make a wonderful garden plant, bringing early spring colour with its white, star-like flowers and reddish-purple berries in the summer.