TREE IDENTIFICATION and LABELINGMarshall Square Park Treeshave you ever wondered what their names are?
The Friends of Marshall Square Park (FMSP), with funding from the Humphry Marshall Foundation, has completed a long-term project conceived years ago and identified as a priority project.
Because of the Park's early origins as an arboretum, FMSP wanted to provide the public with information on the important, original trees still standing. Few of us would know themmuch less their nameswithout help.
Although a long-term priority, the project languished behind other, critically needed improvements until FMSP member Oliver Snow expressed interest in helping identify our trees. A committee, chaired by Past President Anne Walters, researched recommended materials for the labels and proper installation with help from Longwood Gardens and the Morris and Jenkins Arboretums. Steven Wright, a Hamilton Fellow at Jenkins, assisted in identifying obscure tree varieties. Anne coordinated with the sign maker to develop quality aluminum labels to mark each tree with its common and Latin names.
After more than a year of preparation and work, the labels were ordered. On February 21, 2012, they were installed using a system of stainless steel screws and springs that allow the trees to grow and expand unharmed.
Still to come is a tree-location map for this Website and the Park's bulletin board. When the vision is complete, Marshall Square Park could be a destination of both historic and horticultural interest, and the names and origins of our historic trees will no longer be a mystery.
FMSP is planning a dedication ceremony for the Tree Identification and Labeling project in June 2012.
Our first priority: The historic restoration of the Swiss Cottage, built in 1878, to be used in this century as a Concession Stand and Shed.
In 2005, the project was approved and partially budgeted by Borough Council; and we applied for a state grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.
After a year-long wait without any good news, our state government provided some backing:
Once this work is complete, we hope to remove the interior wood fiber board paneling, wire for future outlets and lights, and install beaded board wood paneling to the walls. The large project will be to replace all the charred roof framing members, install tongue and groove beaded board roof sheathing and wood shingles. That phase alone will cost approximately $20,000 to $25,000.News Articles
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