Straley also includes a map of the circle, with species-specific numbers representing the locations of the various trees. He lists 47 species, including those from eastern North America, Asia, and Europe, some of which are multiple plantings, others one-offs.
Copper beech.I've known about this place for years, but have never visited, possibly because I don't move in old-money mansion circles, but also because it's reached by navigating through narrow, curving streets, somewhat removed from the main arteries of the city. Today we were in a nearby part of Vancouver, and I pulled a map out of the glove-box. I said, "Let's find The Crescent." And so we did.
Between the noisy thoroughfares of Granville and Oak, it is a quiet oasis, the sound of wind through the leaves only slightly louder than the footfalls of joggers, who naturally gravitate to circular trails.
I walked around, trying to match the numbers on the map in the book, which are scattered like letters in a bowl of alphabet soup, with the trees. I went off-track several times. It's not a big place, but because of its circularity is difficult to investigate systematically. I identified only about half of the species, aware that those with me were not particularly keen on tree taxonomy. I'll return in the summer, spend an hour or two.
I came across a small memorial at the base of a spreading elm near the centre of the circle--a quiet place for reflection in the middle of a circle, in the middle of a city. I thought the picture might be of Long John Baldry, a Vancouver resident who died a few years ago, but I don't think so now, after an image search.
A quiet place, among, and because of, trees.
Update, June 1: A very inventive and entertaining Festival of the Trees (#60!) is now up at Rubies in Crystal the blog of Brenda Clews.