Thursday, March 9, 2017
Grove of Giants
I went there this morning after a trip to the post office, both because it was spring (again, for what, maybe the third time in three weeks?) and because I knew there had been some changes.
A few weeks ago on Facebook, the cemetery announced that the Grove of Giants, which was a group of enormous English elm trees toward the back of the cemetery (and the actual last standing grove of English elms in the U.S.) had become infected with Dutch Elm disease. They had attempted to treat the trees, but the infection had spread and the trees were becoming hazardous.
The remaining trunks have to be at least ten to fifteen feet high. If you don't look straight up, you can almost pretend the trees are still there, except that the shade is gone.