The Scarsdale Woman's Club invites the public to its historic Rowsley Estate, 37 Drake Road, for a free Arbor Day Celebration Friday, April 28th at 1pm. Certified ISA arborist Mike McGowan of Bartlett Tree Experts will have a crew on site demonstrating the latest, science-based approaches to improving growing conditions for the specimen trees on the Club's two acres. Guests are invited to bring their questions and binoculars, have some lemonade and cookies, and sign up for a complimentary tree inspection by a Bartlett arborist at their own home.
McGowan has a B.S. in environmental and forest biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has been a speaker at area garden clubs and on panels conducted by the New York Botanical Garden.
McGowan's favorite tree at Rowsley is an enormous sycamore next to the Club's Carriage House. Most visitors can't help but notice the magnificent five-hundred-year-old white oak on the front lawn, which is designated as Scarsdale Village's first Heritage Tree. Other mature species include cherry, horse chestnut, linden, red maple, white pine, Japanese umbrella pine, blue Atlas cedar, ironwood, crabapple, tulip, magnolia, dogwood, sugar maple and Japanese maple.
The Arbor Day Celebration will be held rain or shine. If strong winds or heavy rain make it dangerous for the crew to work in the trees, guests will be invited into the clubhouse where McGowan will talk about common practices that threaten tree health, the latest in hazard tree inspection and proper water-saving techniques.
Rowsley is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about Bartlett Tree Experts see www.Bartlett.com; and for the Scarsdale Woman's Club see www.scarsdalewomansclub.org.
Photograph of Mike McGowan (below) standing in front of the Heritage oak tree. Photo Credit: Linda Leavitt