On Saturday, Ed Richardson led a tour of about 60 people around Elizabeth Park while Ed pointed out the notable trees in the park. Ed calls himself a volunteer tree spotter and he is a leader of the Notable Tree Committee of the Connecticut Botanical Society. Elizabeth Park was donated to the City of Hartford by Charles and Elizabeth Pond in 1902. Fredrick Law Olmstead had a hand in laying out the park. Many of the big trees in the park were planted in the first few years that the city owned the park.
The tree the group is looking at, however, is only about 50 years old. It is a rare Dawn Redwood, planted around 1960. It is already 100 feet high and Richardson estimates that it will grow to about 200 feet.
If the woman with the red hat in the center turned around, she would have the view from which I have been shooting the Annual Garden here, here and here.