From the Archives

The Arnold Arboretum

John Tlumacki /globe staff

During the recent tease of warm weather, there were some crocus sightings and pussy willows sprouting through piles of snow. But for those of us desperate for a more tangible sign of spring, this photo taken on Oct. 8, 1993, at the Arnold Arboretum will have to suffice for now.

In it, a mother and her two children find a woody perch on “Corky,” the Amur Cork tree from which they could observe nature at the arboretum. On Sept. 29, 1995, “Corky” collapsed after 121 years under the weight of a sixth-grade class from the Winsor School, who, like tens of thousands of children before them, were having their pictures taken on the nearly horizontal limb that paralleled the road.

Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite


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