The Prescott Journal - November 20, 2002
By Astrid Strader, Project Supervisor, Horticulturist, and Garden Designer
What a great way to educate young people in the spirit of community groups by having them as guests at their regular meetings. That’s just what the Rotary did by inviting team members to join them at their weekly meetings. So, when the Rotary suggested we all go into the Christmas parade together, we thought what a great opportunity to celebrate with the community and get to know it better, since a few of us are relatively new to the area. “The Rotary is an excellent organization”, said Tanya Telgen, who didn’t realize that they do a lot of good, “not only here in the community but around the world!” Tracy Illingworth revealed, “I learned that housing was being built in Mexico for hurricane ravaged neighbourhoods”. Involving young people could be a regular feature of community groups, as an act of mentoring. Tremendous thanks go to Rotarian Candy Alexander who has become invaluable to Prescott Blossoms, among many other things, for moral support and spreading the word about our work.
I am often asked about how the donors of trees will be commemorated in the arboretum. Here is a sketch of the gateway signage that will be erected by Parks Canada in the spring. You'll see that a side panel is devoted to a large symbolic tree made of tubular steel, with leaf-like markers, one designated for each donor. More 'leaves' can be added as more donors come on board. As an educational tool, signage markers will be placed on the trees, showing the Latin and common name of each tree. Also, a booklet will show a layout of the trails, location and description of each tree, along with the donor's names.
On behalf of the Town of Prescott and Parks Canada, Prescott Blossoms wishes to recognize, in appreciation, those donors of trees: Peter Adams, Lillian and Bert Barton, Barbara and Douglas Fraser, Sandra and Robert Lawn, Jean and Jack Saunders, Dr. G. Shankar and family, Doris Strader, Beverly Toye, Dupont, Gallaugher’s Grenville Pharmacy, Kinsmen Club of Prescott, Nitrochem, Royal Bank, and one who wishes to remain anonymous. These are not all the donors and over the coming weeks I will get the chance to name them all.
The arboretum will feature a number of sugar maples (Acer saccharum) and red maples (Acer rubrum). Often, they are difficult to tell apart. A sugar maple is more rounded in form, having slightly larger leaves, is a slower growing tree, and hence, it is often referred to as a hard maple. Both are averse to salt, pollutants, and small, compacted planting spaces such as small lawns or boulevards - they're best for large lawns and parks. Both provide varied autumn colour from yellow to orange to red - no guarantees though, unless you buy a named cultivar from a nursery. The flowers open up before the leaves and are red on the red maple and yellow on the sugar maple. Then, when the leaves open up on a red maple, they are tinged with red and are slightly grey underneath, which is not true of a sugar maple. The red maple, a great Canadian symbol, was the first tree planted at the waterfront this year on Canada Day.