Lexington Cemetery conducts Guided Tree Walk


September 02, 2008
Kim Wade
Director of Public Relations
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Lexington Cemetery conducts Guided Tree Walk


Lexington, KY—With the arrival of fall comes the beautiful colors of trees. The colorful leaves can be found in abundance at The Lexington Cemetery. Before all the leaves have fallen, then cleared away for mulching, The Lexington Cemetery invites the community to join its horticulturist, Miles Penn, and other tree experts for a Guided Tree Walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008.


“Since its inception in 1848, the management and grounds staff of the community memorial site has devoted itself to developing and preserving the natural beauty of its trees,” said Dan Scalf, president and general manager of The Lexington Cemetery. “As part of their community service, the professionals at the cemetery like to share their knowledge about trees with people of Central Kentucky.”


Each of the guides will offer tours that are tailored to the physical needs of different people. Some of the presentations are shorter. Some cover the full grounds. In addition, the walk is handicapped accessible with paved roadways that make it easier for parents and grandparents with children and people in wheelchairs.


“It’s a very social and informal event,” Penn says, “and people do get to ask lots of questions. We are conducting the Tree Walk in early autumn to allow people to enjoy the intense fall colors. Children enjoy this opportunity to collect leaves for their fall leaf books.  We've enjoyed having many cub scout dens here over the last couple years.”


Many of the trees found in The Lexington Cemetery are native to Kentucky, so the walk will be an especially educational experience for people who live here. Visitors will learn about growing these trees in the Kentucky climate as they are best suited to soils in this region of the country. Many individuals are interested in these trees because they want to plant trees that are hardy in this zone, considering how the climate has fluctuated over the last several years.


The walk, which starts at the landmark Henry Clay Monument, is at a site that is filled with native trees.


The Lexington Cemetery is home to a linden (or basswood), the second largest tree of its kind in the United States. In addition, the National Audubon Society has identified 179 species of birds in the cemetery. There are more than 66,000 memorials in the cemetery that was chartered in 160 years ago in 1848. The Lexington Cemetery is a non-profit corporation that has provided care of the grounds and graves since its first burial in October of 1849.


The event draws a wide cross section of participants. “Many people, including multi-generations of families, came year-after-year when we held the event annually each spring. We certainly encourage parents and grandparents to bring families. It’s ideal for young people who are doing projects at school and those being home-schooled,” said Scalf.


Whatever the reason for attending the guided tree walk, The Lexington Cemetery always provides a wonderful natural outdoors classroom setting to learn about its diverse collection of trees.


For more information regarding the Guided Tree Walk, contact 859-255-5522.


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