Letter: Chestnut tree restoration
TThe Fairfield Garden Club would like to recognize its partners in the Arbor Day project in Fairfield's open spaces. The Town of Fairfield and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station joined the club in planting 100 American Chestnut trees in eight locations. These trees are a new hybrid developed over several decades that is resistant to the blight that a century ago virtually wiped out the eastern forest of chestnuts, once the dominant hardwood species in our state.
Sandra Anagnostakis, a scientist in the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology of Connecticut's Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, has devoted the last 46 years of her distinguished career to bringing back the American chestnut. For over two years she worked closely with members of the Fairfield Garden Club's Centennial Tree Committee headed by Barbara Geddes Wooten, along with Edward Jones of the Fairfield Conservation Department and Ken Placko, the town's tree warden. On the day of planting, April 20, club members were aided by personnel from the Conservation and Public Works departments and Lindquist Landscape Design. A. Perce Garden & Landscape Design kindly donated personnel and the use of its water truck to give the saplings a head start. We are most grateful to all for their help.
This project celebrates a new beginning for the America chestnut tree, honors the Garden Club of America's 100th Anniversary in 2013, the 25th Arbor Day in Fairfield and leads to the fairfield Garden Club's 100th Anniversary celebration in 2015. We will continue to monitor growth and success of the trees.
Peggy Moore, president
The Fairfield Garden Club