The trees of the park are quite a unique collection in themselves. Often, the trees are overlooked because the visitor is focusing on the gardens. Mr. Pond loved trees and had many unique trees and shrubs planted when he lived here.
Many of the trees were planted, some going back over 100 years, but some grew here naturally. Theodore Wirth, the first park superintendent, kept many of these trees, which remain today. During his tenure, Mr. Wirth planted hundreds of new trees as part of his master design. The property has been transformed from a bucolic country estate to a municipal botanic garden including many fine trees and shrubs. Several of the park’s trees are state champions. The Conservancy has developed a tree map, which lists a sampling of the specimens.
The Conservancy also hosts a tree tour with Ed Richardson, a Connecticut and nationally-known tree expert. Some species include: shagbark hickory, Katsura (a native of Japan), black birch, golden larch, kousa dogwood, and weeping blue spruce. Over 40 species are highlighted in the tree map. The oldest trees are the oaks. Several of the trees in the park are State Champions as designated by the Connecticut Botanical Society, notably the mono maple and the golden larch.
The photos in this section were taken by photographer, Berri Gerjuoy who graciously shared them with us.