Did you ever take the time to study a tree in the winter? No longer adorned with all its glorious leaves or flowers, it stands there naked for all the world to see. But indeed, that is it’s most remarkable time… when one can truly appreciate the intricate branchwork that hides behind its canopy all summer long.
A perfect example of this transformation is that of the “Kerr Elm” at the Historic Gardens. This magnificent tree is a weeping variety of American Elm, and is centuries old. We call it the Kerr Elm because of its close proximity to the Kerr House, formerly owned by Dr. J. R. Kerr and family.
As with any American Elm, this elm is in danger of becoming infected with Dutch Elm Disease. We are doing our best to protect this very special tree… more on that in a future post.