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02/20/2010

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David Fox

OMG! What beautiful photos! Thank you Matt! As you know, I virtually lived in Fort Tryon Park for 7 years (lived there (walked up there almost every day from 168th St.), err, ahh, "played" there, and wrote my Columbia thesis there, and loved it 24/7/365). I am very glad to see that it's even in much better condition now.

Matthew Gallaway

Thanks David!

CG

I think, in connection with this weeping elm,
of "Kindred Spirits" at the edge of a rockledge
overlooking a stream:
Thanatopsis-invoking tree-loving Bryant
conversing with Thomas Cole
in Asher Durand's painting of them
under the filigree of an elm overhead.

No doubt they had seen other trees -- lindens,
maples and sycamores, oaks and the Paris
street-tree, the horse-chestnut; but imagine
their rapture, had they come on the Camperdown elm's
massiveness and "the intricate pattern of its branches,"
arching high, curving low, in its mist of fine twigs.

The Bartlett tree-cavity specialist saw it
and thrust his arm the whole length of the hollowness
of its torso and there were six small cavities also.

Props are needed and tree-food. It is still leafing;
still there. Mortal though. We must save it. It is
our crowning curio.


Could the "ancient cherry?" be a camperdown elm?

Matthew Gallaway

Oooh, thats a good guess, CG!!!! When it leafs out this spring, I will return for a definite verification...

CG

Ulmus 'camperdownii' is my favorite, I look for it everywhere. The leaf buds and the high graft look right for it though.

The heather garden looks incredible, do you know if it's a restoration or if the old garden was maintained?

Matthew Gallaway

Makes sense, CG. My understanding is that the present garden is a restoration that began in the late 80s/early 90s (after decades of complete neglect) but was based on the original plans from 1935, when it was created.

CG

Thank you (MG) it's really beautiful. I've never seen it but will have to check it out.

Matthew Gallaway

You wont be disappointed -- its beautiful at any time of the year!

James van Maanen

Matt-- If you are going to be doing any more readings from your book, give us a heads-up ASAP. This post only arrived to me today, Feb. 28, so I missed the earlier one on Feb 18 (I think that was the date on the other post).

Matthew Gallaway

Will do, Jim -- I didnt publicize this one too much but Ill certainly keep you posted!

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