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Great Trees of the Kansas City Region
November 15, 2017
1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Please join us at the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens for the Great Trees of the Kansas City Region (and Where to See Them) presentation by Jim Earnest, a member of the Kansas Native Plant Society and the Education Committee at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Jim, a former cardiologist, retired seventeen years ago and has been working with trees in this area since his retirement. Affectionately known as The Tree Doctor, he will show slides and talk about some of the greatest trees in this area. Some of the trees will be the rare blue leaf, willow leaf, English oak growing at Linda Hall Library arboretum along with the Greater Kansas City Champion Japanese Yellowwood and the very unusual champion horse chestnut that is grown from grafts or cuttings that were discovered in Geneva Switzerland in 1819. Large double white flowers on this tree are sterile and have never in 198 years produced seed. This tree was planted at Linda Hall before 1956.
Not to be left out will be some of the giant trees growing in Loose Park. The most magnificent tree we can dream of is the very large pin oak tree with a circumference of 15’6” and 105’ tall, spreading to just over 99′ wide. This tree is over 100 years old and very healthy. Full of life with thick, clean foliage. It is a tree to love. Jim will also talk about the champion cucumber tree magnolia. Also a massive tree.
Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas has some of the most magnificent trees imaginable and Jim will talk about a couple of them, including the TRUE Ozark Chinquapin and the giant catalpa trees. When Baker University was founded in 1858 there were no trees on the campus. Today, it has over 300 giant trees that have been planted over the past many years. The older trees in this arboretum were planted by the arboretum founder Professor Ivan Boyd.
Free with admission to the gardens.