Day Tripper Dispatches


The Trees of Harvard Yard
August 19, 2009, 1:11 am
Filed under: Boston, Cambridge, gardens, harvard, history, maps, nature walks, suburbs, tours, trees, university, walking tour

Harvard University turns out to be a great place to take out-of-town guests – and take in some natural splendor at the same time (see map). As the center of Harvard University since its founding in 1636, Harvard Yard has always been a popular tourist attraction. Each year, countless faculty, students, locals, and tourists from every corner of the globe pass through the green oasis in the middle of the urban jungle. Even with outrageous real estate costs, Harvard has chosen to expand its space in the Allston area of Boston rather than sacrifice its priceless green space. The diverse green canopy that extends over the campus each summer only adds to the reputation and tradition that surround Harvard. “The [trees of the] Yard exude a sense of security and stability in a dynamic and ephemeral society,” muses Harvard grad Ryan Lynch, creator of a fabulous interactive map to the arboreal splendor of this icon of American acadaemia.


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Michael Dutton of Linden Park Publishers tells us:"I'm sure the trees of Harvard are very lovely, indeed. However, having lived in Newport for 13 years … well, many of the trees in Newport were brought back by sea captains from around the globe and would not fare very well elsewhere in the continental United States."

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