Witness Trees

Lecture: Other Cal Archaeology | September 13 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden | Note change in date

 Botanical Garden

The term 'witness tree' was coined to describe trees that were used as boundary markers in the early days of the United States. Since that time the term has expanded to describe trees that were present at historical events. Some of the best known witness trees were standing in battle grounds during the Civil War but there are trees around that have been preserved and remembered as markers of significant events. This program will take a look at some of the world's most famous trees and the events (historic or mythical) that they commemorate.


Photo from Manassas National Battlefield Park, U.S. National Park Service


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Meghan Ray is the Garden Manager at Blake Gardens at the University of California Berkeley. Previously she was a Museum Scientist at the UC Botanical Garden. She has a BA in Classical Languages from the City University of New York, a MA in Garden History and Landscape Studies from the Bard Graduate Center, and certificate in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley Extension. She has given classes on horticultural subjects and on garden history and has written for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbook series, Fine Gardening and Garden Design Magazine.

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