The favorite Aristocrat pear of David & Matthew in March 2016

Name(s)

> David and Matthew

Tree species 

> Aristocrat pear

Location

 > Outside of Agriculture buildings on campus

Narrative

David: We selected this tree because it is a very beautiful tree that sits next to the walkway that connects the Agriculture buildings and Barnhart building. I pass over this walkway almost every single day on my way to class and it offers me something pretty to admire while walking. While in bloom, the tree is covered in gorgeous white flowers. There is a very similar tree in my backyard at home in Ohio and this tree reminds me of home. It reminds me of my childhood and it helps me to relax. It helps to remind me to take a deep breath and relax.

Mathew: David and I were drawn to the stately, beautiful callery ‘aristocrat’ pear tree. Standing authoritatively beside the walkway crossing Cooper from Garrigus, the tree commands the attention of passersby unaccustomed to soothing pastel colors arising like an oasis from a desert of trees dressed for winter. A true leader, the aristocrat pear lives up to the motto of “lead by example,” standing out from the crowd in simple, yet stunning spring garb, beckoning fellow trees to express themselves and join in preparing the beautiful spring time tapestry. In the same vein as its appellation ‘aristocrat,’ the pear tree unashamedly showcases its myriad blooming flowers. If riches were measured in flowers, the pear tree would be a tycoon. When David and I stood next to the tree and rested our arms on its thick, textured bark, we could feel the tree swelling with the recognition that it was valued by humankind. Indeed, when people see the tree in full bloom, they must feel warmed. The aristocrat tree is also a philanthropist. Beyond the emotional benefits of seeing a singular, well-dressed tree, humans are benefited in multiple ways by the tree. Energy is conserved, rainwater runoff is gathered, and reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are tangible benefits humans accrue from the generosity of the ‘aristocrat’ pear tree. It is for its beauty, its character, and its value to society that I appreciate the callery ‘aristocrat’ pear tree.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 1211

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 32

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 61

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 12

 

Photography

  1. The favorite Aristocrat pear of David & Matthew in March 2016