Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park With Edward S. Barnard : Friday, April 26, 2013

Stopping by Old Friends:
My Favorite Trees in Central Park
With Edward S. Barnard

Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm

The Arsenal Gallery
Central Park
64th Street and Fifth Avenue

Free. Event seating is limited, to RSVP please email:

barnardleafFrederick Law Olmsted took the long view. He once described a landscape architect as an artist who “with far-reaching conception of beauty and designing power, sketches the outlines, writes the colors, and directs the shadows, of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it for generations, before the work he has arranged for her shall realize his intentions!” In his illustrated presentation at the Arsenal Gallery, Edward Barnard, author of New York City Trees, A Field Guide to the Metropolitan Area, takes us through Olmsted’s greatest “picture” over 150 years after he and Vaux sketched the outlines, using trees, water, and rock outcroppings to define a remarkable series of discrete landscapes. Most of the trees Olmsted’s gardeners planted are gone, but a few still stand. During his presentation Barnard will highlight these survivors and also share several dozen more recent arrivals—all trees that he considers among the greatest sylvan treasures of Central Park, trees that after many generation have realized Olmsted’s “far reaching conception.”

Edward S. Barnard was senior staff editor and managing editor of Reader’s Digest General Books for 17 years, where he oversaw the production of several dozen books that sold over 1 million copies each. He was project editor of a highly acclaimed 15-volume ecology series, Our Living World of Nature, published jointly by McGraw-Hill and World Book Encyclopedia. In addition he edited the volume on Mars in DK’s Eyewitness series and four volumes in Scholastic’s National Audubon First Field Guide series. Among his writing credits are articles for National Wildlife, International Wildlife, and Audubon, 5 children’s books on animals for Reader’s Digest, and New York City Trees for Columbia University Press. Recently he co-produced with Ken Chaya Central Park Entire, the most detailed map of Central Park available. He is keenly interested in old growth trees and has volunteered as a tree ring technician at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory’s Tree Ring Research Laboratory. His writing projects in progress include a book on Central Park’s trees and a field guide to Philadelphia’s trees.

In conjunction with an exhibition of photographs from
New York City of Trees by Benjamin Swett
In the Arsenal Gallery, March 7—April 26, 2013

Partially funded through a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Benjamin Swett’s new book, New York City of Trees, is being published in Spring 2013 by the Quantuck Lane Press.