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E-M:/ Garden Expo; Big trees in Flint

Enviro-Mich message from Karen Griggs <kgriggs@kettering.edu>

Dear friends,
    An urban garden expo will be held at the Southwestern High School on Saturday,
April 28, 10 a.m - 3 p.m. Native plant enthusiasts, the Wild Ones, will sell seeds
and  MSU
staff will have conservation information.
    Last Sunday, about 20 local tree lovers walked around Max Brandon Park to view
the big trees and millions of wild flowers. The consulting arborist pointed out
lawnmower disease, where mowers skin the base of the tree. She also showed some
old stumps that had stringy black fungus, and she recommended that stumps be
removed when a tree has to be removed.
     One of the options that citizens have, she said, is to fence off part of the
park so hickory nuts and acorns can sprout without mowing. The park  master plan
could provide for a more natural park or a better maintained park, she said.
    The last public hearing on the park system was in 1997.
 On Sunday, the Flint Journal had  good front page coverage of the tree
preservation controversy with a large color photo and very fair article by
reporter Chad Swiateki.
Karen Griggs
Flint, Mich.

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