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The Washington Park Arboretum

By Gary Ossewaarde, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference parks chair and hydepark.org webwriter

January 4, 2009: Public notice:

Hello, this is Madiem Kawa, Washington Park's Nature Area Steward and founder of the new organization the Washington Park Conservancy, our mission to preserve and enhance Washington Park's Green Space and to promote education and cultural activities for the public that will be sustained for generations.

I was wondering if you could make a few advertisements for me:
1) The Washington Park Conservancy is looking for a birder to voluntarily lead regular bird walks starting in early spring 2009. The birder can set their own hours.
2) The WPC is looking for someone to lead tree id walks in WP's Arboretum in 2009.
3) We are also looking for butterfly, dragonfly & bat monitors for 2009.

The Chicago Park District designated Washington Park as a bird and butterfly sanctuary.

Interested persons can contact Madiem Kawa directly on her cell phone @ 773-203-3418 or email sunshine0711@gmail.com.


Dedicated May 1, 2004, the arboretum on the northwest edge of the park was in preparation more than a year. The Morton Arboretum assisted the Park District in researching existing trees and resources and Frederick Law Olmsted's original template and in designing and planting and signing this natural library. It is Chicago's first, although but one of many professionally managed forest areas in Chicago parks. (See area-wide facts below.) The trees and map.

You can pick up a fine brochure at the fieldhouse.

Hours. open daily sunrise to sunset.

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Chicago's Arboretum in the Park

"Welcome to the Arboretum in Washington Park, a special collection of trees that are among the largest and most unusual found in any of Chicago's parks. We invite you to follow the trail beneath the trees of the Arboretum in Washington Park; get to know them better; and follow the seasons marked so colorfully in their branches.

The Chicago Park District and the Morton Arboretum are continuing a tradition with eh development of "Arboretums in the Park" in select parks. These arboretums create opportunities for people to enjoy and learn about the historic, diverse, and outstanding trees in Chicago's parks.

The first of the "Arboretums in the Park" is in Washington Park. What makes these trees so special? The large Lindens, Hickories, Sycamores, and others have been living witnesses to the dynamic history of Chicago, Washington Park, and surrounding communities. The towering Bur Oaks were likely present in 1871 when renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the park Creating an Arboretum in the Park keeps them protected in a living, outdoor museum for all to enjoy.

Look for a second "Arboretum in the Park" to bloom at Horner Park, located at 2741 W. Montrose Avenue on the city's North side."

"Seasonal Highlights


"Educational programs for adults, children and families include school tours, summer day camp visits, courses, lectures, guided walks and workshops about horticulture, arboriculture, conservation and ecology. for more information about these programs, please call 312 742-5039.

"Guided Walks and Tours. Trained guides are available to lead groups on a tour of the Arboretum in Washington Park. Tours are free. Please call 312 742-5275 to arrange a time. "

"Did you Know???

The trees, map

Some of the trees are what we would call weed trees, but they were in Olmsted's palette of original plantings and many provide food or favored shelter and materials for birds. Providing the later are a major goal in all park planting.
* No. 43 is either a Sugar, not Silver, Maple or it's wrongly called saccarinum (argentium?)

1. Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima 27. Glossy Hawthorn Crataegus nitida
2. American Linden Tilia americana 28 . Cornelian Cherry Cornus mas
3. Crabapple Malus sp. 29, 30. American Hazelnut Corylus americana
4. Black Maple Acer nigrum 31. Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina
5. Siberian Elm Ulmus pumila 32. Black Locust Robinia pseudoacacia
6. Americn Elm Ulmus americana 33. Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
7. Chinkapin Oak Quercus muehlenbergii 34. Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris
8. Scarlet Oak Quercus coccinea 35. Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa
9. Black Walnut Juglans nigra 36. Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
10. River Birch Betula nigra 37. White Ash Fraxinus americana
11. White Poplar Populus alba 38. Red Maple Acer rubrum
12. Linden Tilia sp. 39. Honeylocust Gleitsia triacanthos
13. Blue Ash Fraxinus quadrangulata 40. Austrian Pine Pinus nigra
14. Larch Larix sp. 41. Norway Spruce Picea abies
15. Hybrid Elm Ulmus x hybrid 42. Black Willow

Salix nigra

16. Bitternut Hickory Carya cordiformis 43. Silver Maple* Acer saccharinum*
17. Linden Tilia sp. 44. White Mulberry Morus alba
18. Linden Tilia sp. 45. Crabapple Malus sp.
19. Slippery Elm Ulmus rubra 46. Serviceberry Amelanchier canadensis
20. Northern Catalpa Catalpa speciosa 47. Bechtel Crabapple Malus ioensis 'Plena'
21. Norway Maple Acer platanoides 48. Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba
22. Hackberry Celtis occidentalis 49. Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
23. Horsechestnut Aesculus hippocastanum 50. Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor
24. Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa 51. River Birch Betula nigra
25. Bitternut Hickory Carpa cordiformis 52. White Oak Quercus alba
26. Red Oak Quercus rubra 53. Sycamore Platanus occidentalis



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