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Monday, January 6, 2014

Arboretum Review : Purdue University Arboretum

The Purdue Arboretum 
Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN 47907

http://www.arboretum.purdue.edu/
http://www.purdue.edu/buildings_grounds/trees/website/

Date Visited : 7 June 2013

Purdue University

During the summer of 2013 I spent a day at Purdue University to coordinate the design of a new science plaza.  Between meetings I took the opportunity to walk the "Green Trail" of the Purdue Campus Arboretum.

Purdue Horticultural Garden
In addition to trees, I was pleased to find the Purdue Horticultural Garden.  The garden boasts an assortment of identified perennials, grasses, and other plants.  The space is utilized by students studying one of Purdue's many horticulture related degree programs.

Cedar of Lebanon

Of particular interest along this tree walk was a fantastic Cedar of Lebanon.  The conifer is reminiscent of a large shaggy beast, hunched protectively over the collection of precious dragon eggs hanging within its sheltered boughs.  My only disappointment was the tree's less than romantic setting, situated between a street and a parking lot.

Purdue University

During my walk I was only able to explore a small fraction of expansive campus.  Across Purdue's grounds I witnessed a huge variety of flora; some of it young, much of it mature.  I hope to return again next year to explore more of the extensive tree walking tour.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tree Fact : White Ash

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The famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats are made from white ash wood.
"Pound for pound, ash is the STRONGEST TIMBER available. In addition to strength, ash has FLEXIBILITY that is not found in other timbers, so it tends to flex rather than break." ~slugger.com

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Tree Facts : Shingle Oak

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Early pioneers of the US Midwest found that the wood could be easily split into thin shingles, making it well suited to roof their cabins with. 

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Tree Facts : Sassafras

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Sassafras is the "root" in root beer.  
The oil from the roots provides the root beer flavor.  It can also be used for tea. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tree Facts : Persimmon

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Persimmon wood is sometimes used for golf club heads

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