The 50 historic oaks that the village had contract-grown with Possibility Place Nursery in 2011 were brought back to Oak Park recently and are being planted by village forestry crews. A celebratory planting of three of these oaks on the 300 block of South Humphrey parkway took place last Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. These oaks will replace trees removed from Dutch Elm Disease or the emerald ash-borer. The celebration was held at Dorie and Marc Blesoff's residence as part of their monthly block get-together.
For those who may not know about the program, Oak Park TreeKeepers collected acorns from 200-year-old native oak trees in Oak Park in 2008 and propagated them with help from Morton Arboretum staff. Most of these were brought back to Oak Park and cared for by Henrietta Yardley at the Conservatory and Charlie Ruedebusch at the Cheney Mansion grounds until adopted by Oak Park residents. Fifty were contract-grown to a larger size and are the ones now being planted by village crews.
The collaborators in the Historic Oak Propagation Project were Morton Arboretum and Openlands.
Kathryn Jonas and Julie Samuels
Openlands Oak Park TreeKeepers