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The Prescott Journal - December 11, 2002

By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer

Now that winter has really arrived, the frozen, snow covered ground obviously limits what we can do outside.  Inside, we are continuing our fundraising for phase 3 of the Heritage River Trail by selling garden seed (they make great stocking stuffers for the young and young at heart).  House of Flowers is joining in by matching any donations, dollar for dollar, and has a model waterfront park on display in the store on Churchill Road. 

Otherwise, between helping get ready for town hall renovations by clearing lots of  'stuff' out, we've been continuing research on the arboretum trees.  We’re hopeful for completion of a booklet containing all our information for publication next year. The Public Library has been invaluable for this process, giving us access during off hours.  It’s fantastic that there are six computers for us, all with internet access. They also offer interlibrary loan service and book delivery for people who cannot access the library. These services are free to residents of Prescott. Library hours are: Mon.. Tues., Thurs., 2:00-5:30 & 7:00-9:00, Friday 2:00-5:30, Saturday 1:00-5:00.  You can check out more services offered at the website: http://prescott.ca/library/index.asp

Our native Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis) is the most cold hardy of the pecan hickories. A large deciduous tree averaging 20 m (60 ft.) with a cylindrical form is very attractive in the fall when it’s foliage turns a golden yellow.  The compound leaves have sharply serrated edges and it’s edible fruits are 2.5 cm (1”) round nuts – ripe when the casing splits open. The flowers are nothing special, appearing in spring. Smoke from the wood is used to give hams and bacon a "hickory smoked" flavour. 

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