Highlight on History of Presidential Trees

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

April 6, 2014

People got a chance to hear more about historic trees on presidential estates during an afternoon symposium.

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards held a historic tree symposium at St. Anne's-Belfield School on Saturday afternoon.

The group heard from several horticulture directors from presidential estates like Mount Vernon, Monticello and Montpelier to learn more about the historic trees in Virginia.

"We're looking particularly at the three presidents' homes and the great trees that have graced those properties over the last 200 years at Montpelier, Mount Vernon and Monticello," said Peter Hatch, the former director of horticulture at Monticello. "We're also looking at the natural habitats for old growth, which is a fascinating topic as well."

Hatch hopes that people will learn more about the historic trees and find ways to help preserve them.

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