Dear Friends of Untermyer Gardens,
A while back, I asked Timothy Tilghman, our head gardener, if there were any white oaks on our 43 acres. It is one of my favorite trees, with such a noble form, beautifully rounded leaves, richly figured bark, and fine fall color. Sadly, the answer was no. Then I spotted a magnificent specimen just over our property line at St. John’s Hospital. Even though it isn’t “ours,” it gives me great pleasure, reminding me that nothing is really “ours”; we are just stewards of our world, which can give us all the delight we need.
Stephen F. Byrns
President, Untermyer Gardens Conservancy