2016_treesWe are always looking for ways to make visiting the museum and the historic Courthouse Square more enjoyable. Working with the City of Macomb and Macomb Beautiful, three trees have been planted on the west side of the museum building to provide much needed greenery to the streetscape for years to come. The museum board and staff thought the 200 block of South Lafayette Street would be enhanced with trees, providing shade and visual interest for those walking between the library and local restaurants. Working with Macomb's public works, including Arborist Tim Howe, the location and type of tree was considered over the last year.  A hybrid of the London planetree called Exclamation, developed at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, was selected.  Features of this tree include being disease resistant and an upright-pyramidal shape that is appropriate for city planting. It's attractive exfoliating bark typical of planetrees will also add interest for pedestrians. 2016_trees_2To prepare for planting the trees, the public works cut openings in the sidewalk and repaired areas that needed replacing.  The result is an improved pedestrian walkway that is less hazardous and more attractive. The newly-planted trees planted were purchased locally and Macomb Beautiful provided funds for half the costs. Museum Director Sue Scott, commented, "This project is an example of how local organizations and the city can work together to make improvements that benefit everyone.   We continue to think outside the box on how to make the museum and Courthouse Square a destination for residents and visitors."