Today was a great day for both tree lovers and people who like free stuff. All day long the Garden was open free of charge to celebrate our collection of Amazing Trees. We kicked it off with a tour of the grounds led by the wonderful Ken Gooch is the Forest Health Program Director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. He is also a Mass Certified Arborist AND he also teaches arboriculture here at the Garden. Let me tell you from personal experience, if you have the chance to take a class with Ken, do it. We are really lucky to have him here and everyone who attended the tree walk today found out first hand just what a great teacher he is.
After we finished gawking at the trees here, we all carpooled over to the grounds at Tanglewood where we continued the discussion. It was a really interesting way to learn about the history of some of the trees we have in the area as well as the problems they encounter and what to troubleshoot for to help protect them. Thanks to everyone who came out today – it was great to see so many people enjoying the Garden and excited about the rich tree culture we have here. And a very special thanks to Ken Gooch!