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Cherry Trees falling in Rhododendron Garden

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Despite the balmy summer weather, no fewer than two cherry trees recently fell on a hill at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.Two large cherry trees have fallen, just below the gatehouse, at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. One slid down the hill, extending its lush crown over the waters of the north lagoon. The other tree, still rooted but now leaning in the opposite direction toward the entry path, caused a temporary blockage of the north side trail above the “Flowerree Waterfall”.

The cause of these tree failures is unknown, but there certainly has been little rain and no high wind lately to account for it.

While the landscape at the Garden constantly undergoes seasonal changes, there is now a significant hole in the tree canopy above the tranquil north lagoon. Waterfowl continue to cruise in the area, enjoying the shade and cover provided by the lower cherry tree branches arching over the water.

Volunteers provide an enormous amount of cleanup and maintenance at the Rhododendron Garden, but there is continual need for additional volunteers. A new notice-board posted adjacent to the information booth at the entry gate encourages volunteers to step forward to help preserve this beautiful Eastmoreland parkland.

Should you care to volunteer time at the Rhododendron Garden in either office or gardening capacity, contact the Volunteer Coordinator via e-mail a: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or sign in at the “Cool House”.