Wednesday, May 13, 2009
On Friday, May 1st, 225 members of the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) celebrated Arbor Day with a full day of volunteer work in the park. They professionally pruned, planted, and transplanted an array of specimen shade trees throughout the North Bridge area, including the historic and much-loved Buttrick Gardens. The professional tree care work donated by the MAA member volunteers was estimated to be more than $200,000.
The Buttrick estate landscape was designed by Harold Hill Blossom, who worked for the Olmsted Brothers in Brookline, Massachusetts, on projects that included the San Diego and Seattle Expositions, subdivisions, parks, public gardens, and private grounds. Opening his own office in Boston in 1919, Blossom specialized in New England private grounds and gardens. The Buttrick Gardens are National Register-listed.
Thanks to the immense efforts of the MAA members, hazardous and dead trees were removed, major trees were pruned to remove dead wood and errant growth, ornamental trees and shrubs were carefully shaped and new plants were added.
âThis is a wonderful and rare opportunity for the park and this work will meet a long deferred maintenance need in the gardens and the surrounding cultural landscape,â said superintendent Nancy Nelson.
She also expressed gratitude to the Friends of Minute Man National Park, who provided a barbecue lunch for the crews which was essential to making the day possible.