Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Sunday Guided Walk at the Dominion Arboretum

Earlier this month I wrote about how I have always loved trees (link to my blog post : "Trees and Forests") and I mentioned that I would be attending a Guided Walk at the Dominion Arboretum this Sunday. Here are some photos from today:

The guided walk was hosted by The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm (FCEF)  

The tour leaders were Owen Clarkin and Roman Popadiouk. Owen Clarkin's enthusiasm for everything about trees was infectious. He and his colleague Roman (who has a PhD in Forest Ecology from Moscow University) shared their knowledge with the large crowd.

Owen Clarkin
10K run map showing arboretum
 Guided Tour Area #1

The map above is the detailed area where the first part of our tour took place. The group of folks that attended the tour was quite large and many were taking notes and photographs. There were lots of questions that our two tour guides were very happy to answer.

Due diligence

Tour guide Owen Clarkin

The trees have labels with their common name (in e/f)
and their latin name
The group explored the Arboretum and examined the many kinds of trees we encountered such as white poplar, silver willow, bald cypress, paperback maple, common hackberry, blue Colorado spruce, Japanese larch, easter white pine, jack pine, red pine, Ponderosa pine etc to name a few.

Artist David W. Jones in the group (upper right) listening to Owen Clarkin
I had attended this delightful tree tour because of an email invitation from my "Plein Air Tuesday" art teacher David W. Jones.

I met David at the arboretum and he told me of a video that existed of him painting at the Dominion Arboretum. David has painted at the arboretum many times.

I thought this video of David would be a perfect way to close this blog post about the amazing trees that can be seen at the Dominion Arboretum.

1 comment:

  1. So happy to find your blog! The Arboretum is a super place - Owen is a great tour guide! Sounds like a great day!