A PLANTING CEREMONY FOR A YOUNG PEAR TREE

A  PLANTING  CEREMONY FOR A YOUNG PEAR TREE



Historic Newton has a Special Event scheduled for next Sunday, September 14, at 2:30 pm, on the Grounds of Durant-Kenrick Homestead, 286 Waverley Ave, Newton Corner.  It involves the Planting Ceremony of a young pear sapling that has a story to tell:  It was grafted 7 months ago from a branch of an old, historic pear tree, belonging to Jessica Mosher, a member of Historic Newton.  The older tree sits on what formerly was part of the Kenrick Nursery, on 'Nonantum Hill.'   When Jessica first heard about plans for the mini orchard several years ago, she thought it would be an exciting idea to produce a new pear tree from a graft of the old one..  Cindy Stone, Director of Historic Newton, gave her the 'go ahead' signal.  Jessica Mosher tried initial steps of placing cut branches in water, but after using 1 dozen branches without success, she made an SOS call to the Arnold Arboretum for help.  The chief propagator, Jack Alexander, came to the rescue, and with a prepared root stock, he grafted the branch within 20 minutes.

That was 7 months ago....This next Sunday, at 2:30pm, you can view the 'New Kid on the Block', and see it being placed in its permanent home, where the original Kenrick Nursery was established  -  a meaningful link to 'the past.'

PLEASE JOIN US for this very special planting ceremony, this Sunday, Sept. 14, 2:30 PM, in the backyard of Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Ave., Newton, MA.  The Bright Green House.  Cookie and Lemonade reception to follow.