We are sad to report that the large silver maple tree that graced the front yard of the Propylaeum for over half a century has been removed.
The tree, shown much smaller in photos form the 1950s, was inspected by two arborists on the recommendation of our garden and lawn care professional Nancy Marquart. Both arborists agreed that the tree was in danger of falling due to a roots system that was dying.
“It was a beautiful tree and it was hard to make the decision to have it taken down,” said Liz Ellis, Executive Director of the Propylaeum “The tree had become a liability, not just to Prop members and visitors, but also to the mansion. Falling branches could easily have hurt guests or destroyed the front porch.”
The Facilities Committee of the Propylaeum is exploring options for the front yard.