Thursday, September 5

Doors: 4:30 PM
Showtime: 5:00 PM

Chautauqua Picnic Shelter

Free event

Within a year of the founding if Chautauqua in 1898, the City of Boulder had already donated funds for landscaping, gardens, and trees in the park. While the original trees may have passed on, some of the hundreds of trees that grace the grounds today are descendants of the original trees. Furthermore, the apple orchard of the original Batchelder ranch, which predated Chautauqua, was the source of the many apple trees that we see today. In addition to the native trees, many species have been introduced in the past 120 year, resulting in a remarkable variety of trees. Chautauqua has everything from eastern white pines to Kentucky coffee trees to buckeyes, in addition to the familiar ashes, oaks, elms, and ponderosa pines. Attend this talk and tour to learn about the trees of Chautauqua and their history.

About the Speaker:
William Briggs is a Boulder native who strayed away for ten years before finding his way home. After a career teaching mathematics, in part at University of Colorado, Denver for 23 years, he continues to write textbooks, play in the mountains, and do volunteer work in Boulder.