The many flowers throughout the Tea Garden and Scroll Garden borders bloomed just in time for Easter. It was an early season, and as at Gaiety Hollow, we are ready to get summer plantings underway.
For many years, a native yew tree stood just south of the house. Alice Brown’s sons enjoyed playing in the hollow old tree and reading Albert Bigelow Paine’s “The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book,” which led to the house being named Deepwood. In 1986, the Parks Department removed the tree due to its poor health.
When giving tours and passing the nondescript little lawn, L&S docents would tell the story of the old tree that was no longer there. Both the Historic Landscape Report and Addendum recommended replacing the tree, but decades passed, and a larger specimen was never found. Finally, late last year, we planted a healthy nursery-grown native yew in the old tree’s place.