Jon Crispin's Notebook

Meadville, PA

Posted in Family, Plants, Trees by joncrispin on 14/07/2013

I am in Meadville sitting in a Tim Horton’s.  It is the only open café with WIFI and I wanted to do a quick post before I head out of town.

My dad died in 2007 and in memorial to his time teaching at Allegheny College the family decided to plant a tree on the campus.  I wanted to check on it to see how it was faring and was happy to see that it is in good shape.

My sister Karen knows a lot about trees and gardens and she suggested a Winter King.  Here’s a link describing it and it seems an apt choice. (It is cool that the link goes to Penn State’s Extension program as dad got his doctorate in German Literature there.)  I especially like how the bark peels off; it kind of reminds me of a sycamore which is a tree I also like.  I have been thinking about a long post about my dad which I hope to get to in the next few months.  He was a very interesting guy.

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  1. Lisa Gordon said, on 14/07/2013 at 10:47 am

    It’s a wonderful tree, and a beautiful tribute to your dad.
    Have a safe trip.

  2. Ethan Boatner said, on 14/07/2013 at 10:53 am

    Would enjoy reading more about your dad. Please do post when you can. Lovely tree – sycamores also are a favorite of mine. WIll have to read up on this tree-it’s unfamiliar.

  3. Mema said, on 14/07/2013 at 10:57 am

    I am always impressed by your photos. You care about every place you visit and so I expected no less of the Winter King representation of your dad; the shedding bark.
    Thank you for allowing your readers to live vicariously & see through your eyes. It is always so interesting, respectful, & inspiring.

  4. KLJ said, on 14/07/2013 at 9:22 pm

    Lovely, Jon. XOX

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