Como Park Conservatory Environment

Ash trees in danger

Will ash trees follow the fate of elm trees?

About 30 years ago my neighbor’s kid won a college scholarship for his sketch of the dead elm trees in front of my house marked with big red X’s. Now I fear for the the giant ash trees across the street in Como Park.

Apparently the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) has been damaging our ash trees for years. The EAB were officially discovered in St. Paul’s Hampdem Park mid May, 2009.

Minnesota has the second highest number of ash trees in the nation after Maine. Many of them were planted to replace trees lost to Dutch elm disease a generation ago.


Where can I find information about the emerald ash borer?

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) website has excellent information. Another, multinational website with the lastest information about EAB is I also recommend the University of Minnesota Extension website page which answers questions about ash trees and emerald ash borer beetles.

Frequently asked questions are below (click on them to get answers)

What is Saint Paul doing for its ash trees?

Park director Mike Hahm says Parks and Recreation will do everything we can to protect our tree canopy. Saint Paul has been preparing for this for some time. For over 5 years, we have been increasing the diversity of the tree species in Saint Paul and have not replaced or replanted Ash trees. A Pioneer Press article titled Protecting ash trees could cost St. Paul $2.8 million annually explains:

“Hahm plans to start a campaign of removing affected ash trees at a rate of 3,000 a year and replacing them with other trees the following spring. In St. Paul’s St. Anthony neighborhood, 67 trees already have been cut down. Hahm said he plans to apply immediately for nearly $2.8 million in state and federal money to fight the infestation.”

This link will take you to the St Paul website page on emerald ash borer info.

Bonsai Como Park Conservatory Meetings Shuttle bus

Como Park Shuttle meeting June 4

Mike Hahm talks about the upcoming Como Park shuttle service and promotes attending the June 4 meeting (7 – 8:30, Street Car Museum) to discuss traffic, parking, and strategies to make the new shuttle service a success.


Como Park corpse flower, BOB, rest in peace

Corpse flowerThe gardeners at Como’s Conservatory are blogged their corpse flower event (click on the red words to see their blog). They have a time lapse video and also a live webcam. I went to see it April 8 but the “inflorescense” happened on Wednesday. Inflorescence refers to the opening of the the flower of an Amorphophallus titanum. I recommend you click over to the blog of Brian O’Brian at Gustavus Adulphus College for a scholarly expositition “of the provenance, biology, general intellectual appeal, and aesthetic appeal of Bob.” BOB, the corpse flower at Como Park was named after Brian O’Brian. Bob’s parent, Perry, at Gustavus Adulphus, is also putting on a show. You can watch it latest growth (2.4 meters today) on a webcam and read Brian O’Brian’s blog by clicking here.

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