MillionTreesNYC Lecture: Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park
Friday, April 26, 2013
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Join us for a presentation by the author and NYC tree expert Edward Barnard, Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park.
Frederick Law Olmsted took the long view. He once described a landscape architect as an artist who “with far-reaching conception of beauty and designing power, sketches the outlines, writes the colors, and directs the shadows, of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it for generations, before the work he has arranged for her shall realize his intentions!” In his illustrated presentation, Edward Barnard, author of New York City Trees, A Field Guide to the Metropolitan Area, takes us on a walk through Olmsted’s greatest “picture” over 150 years after he and Vaux sketched the outlines, using trees, water, and rock outcroppings to define a remarkable series of discrete landscapes. Most of the trees Olmsted’s gardeners planted are gone, but a few still stand. During his presentation Barnard will highlight these survivors and also visit several dozen more recent arrivals—all trees that he considers among the greatest sylvan treasures of Central Park, trees that after many generation have realized Olmsted’s “far reaching conception.”
This event is part of a series of spring lecture series events hosted by MillionTreesNYC in partnership with photographer Benjamin Swett. Benjamin Swett’s new book, New York City of Trees, is being published in spring 2013. This event is partially funded through a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
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Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
East 72nd St Playground
The East 72nd St Playground is closed for construction. It will reopen this summer. Central Park Conservancy is renovating the playground to improve its accessibility and connection to the park's landscape. Please visit the Central Park Conservancyfor more information.
As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015
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