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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Arboretum Review : Pleasant Run Creek

Pleasant Run Creek Arboretum
Stadium Street
Pulaski, Tennessee 38478
City of Pulaski 931-363-2249

Date Visited : 11 Oct. 2009

The last Arboretum that I visited before moving from Tennessee to Indiana was the Pleasant Run Creek Arboretum in Pulaski, Tennessee. It was a short drive south down I65 from where I was living near Nashville at the time.
When I arrived in Pulaski I was excited to find a beautiful little town with great character and a charming old main street. The Arboretum is just a few blocks southeast of downtown. You can park in the lot off Stadium Street at the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center.

The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center

In front of the Interpretive Center is a massive map showing the path of the Trail of Tears.

Through out the park information signs give a brief history lesson.

Charming Features such as this direction sign along the trail really show the city's commitment to making the park beautiful.

Each tree plaque has an informative paragraph detailing everything from identification and characteristics to uses and history. In addition, each tree stands as a memorial to a beloved member of the community.

Most of the trees in the park can be found along this stretch of the Pleasant Run Creek. While I was visiting several people from the community stopped at the picnic tables.

At the far end of the sidewalk a tunnel passes under the road. The creek continues on the other side where the park opens up into a large field. More trees can be found along this portion of the trail as well.

While somewhat small and simple, I am impressed with the quality of this park. It is well maintained and had a friendly atmosphere. It is a perfect example of how a small to medium sized arboretum can be incorporated into an existing community. The choice to make each tree a memorial is an excellent approach to funding the project and tying in a bit of local history as well. It fits comfortably along the small creek without taking up land that would be otherwise used for other purposes. In fact, it emphasises and brings attention to a creek that would, in other communities, be left in a state of neglect.

34 Observed Trees including 13 different Oak:
Acer rubrum - Red Maple
Alnus serrulata - Hazel Alder
Betula nigra - River Birch
Carya glabra - Pignut Hickory
Carya laciniosa - Shellbark Hickory
Chionanthus virginicus - Fringetree
Cladrastis kentukea - American Yellowwood
Cornus alternifolia - Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus florida - Flowering Dogwood
Cornus oracenosa - Gray Dogwood
Cotinus obovatus - American Smoke Tree
Crataegus phaenopyrum - Washington Hawthorn
Koelreuteria paniculata - Goldenrain Tree
Liquidambar styraciflua - Sweetgum
Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree
Magnolia grandiflora - Southern Magnolia
Magnolia soulangeana - Saucer Magnolia
Prunus serrulata - Japanese Flowering Cherry
Prunus x yedoensis - Yoshino Cherry
Quercus coccinea - Scarlet Oak
Quercus imbricaria - Shingle Oak
Quercus lyrata - Overcup Oak
Quercus macrocarpa - Bur Oak
Quercus marilandica - Blackjack Oak
Quercus michauxii - Swamp Chestnut Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii - Chinkapin Oak
Quercus nigra - Water Oak
Quercus palustris - Pin Oak
Quercus phellos - Willow Oak
Quercus rubra - Northern Red Oak
Quercus shumardii - Shumard Oak
Quercus velutina - Black Oak
Salix babylonica - Weeping Willow
Tilia americana - American Basswood