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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio’s trees honored for Earth Day, Arbor Day

In this article by Oak Leaves, The Care of Trees, a Davey company, tags three notable trees on the grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in honor of Arbor Day.  

By Rebecca R. Bibbs

Published: April 25, 2014

Three trees on the grounds of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio have been specially tagged in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

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The temporary tags, placed on Saturday, help quantify the environmental impact of each tree — a gingko tree, a Kentucky coffee tree and a tulip tree.

Karen Sweeney, facility manager and architect at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, said the organization was recently approached by The Care of Trees to place the temporary tags.

“We just thought it would reinforce some of the principles that Wright had,” she said.

Plants and flowers, including the fan-shaped leaf of the gingko tree, figured prominently in Wright’s designs, from stained glass to flatware settings. In fact, the master of Prairie School architecture designed his landmark home and studio around the high-profile gingko tree in the east courtyard garden, which is believed to be as old as 200.

The storied gingko, on what was once a heavily-wooded lot, was often spoken of fondly by Wright.

“It was planted by an old Scotch gardener, a Mr. Blair, who laid out Humboldt Park. It was growing before we got there,” he wrote in a 1940 letter to the Oak Leaves.

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