Trees often are planted to mark historic occasions, and the tree plantings often revive warm, wonderful memories of the occasions. Such will be the case when The Morton Arboretum, Grant Park Conservancy, and Chicago Park District plant a tree in Grant Park’s Hutchinson Field, to commemorate the site of President Obama’s speech to the nation upon his election-night Triumph. The tree to be planted — a Triumph elm.
The tree also symbolizes the importance and role of urban trees, and will serve as the Arboretum’s congratulations to the City of Chicago for its extensive greening initiatives– past, present, and future.
To help youngsters appreciate the benefits of trees, the Arboretum partnered with the City of Chicago’s Bureau of Forestry in an education project. Fourth-graders in all 50 Chicago wards wrote messages on green ribbons about why trees are important to them.
2,500 of these ribbons were placed on the Triumph, and flowed in the breeze as the tree sat prominently on Michigan Avenue this week.
The tree-planting will be held April 25 at 11 a.m., and is open to the public.
Officials with the Arboretum, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Grant Park Conservancy will take part in the ceremony.
Developed by the Arboretum, Triumph elms have been planted throughout the Chicago region to replace stately American elms that fell victim to Dutch elm disease. Triumph is highly resistant to diseases and pests, and is drought-tolerant.