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For more than twenty-five years, the late Dr Elizabeth McClintock wrote a series of articles for Pacific Horticulture on the trees of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As botanist for the California Academy of Sciences, she realized that the park's tree plantings were among the most diverse of any public park on the West Coast. Since its founding in the 1880s, in fact, the park has served as a testing ground for new trees that might help "green" the cities that were growing rapidly in the new state following the discovery of gold. As Golden Gate Park celebrates its 140th anniversary, Pacific Horticulture launches a new series of articles on trees: Striving for Diversity. Botanist and contributor Matt Ritter explains the vision behind this new series:

"We need more diversity in tree planting. Why? Our mild climate allows for it, diversity is more interesting and beautiful, and diverse plantings are safer, making the urban forest more resilient to onslaughts of pests and diseases. Yet, most trees sold and planted in California come from a list of no more than a hundred or so species. A recently published survey of approved planting lists for California municipalities showed that o...


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