Japanese Maple Tree Work – Phase One

Friends of Eliestoun presents our video of an exciting event that took place on October 19th – pruning of the Japanese maple tree on the grounds of Eliestoun. Skip Kincaid (Director of Urban Forestry at Hansen’s Tree Service, O’Fallon, Missouri) and his crew spent several hours that day doing this work. Two generous donors, Diane and Monte Powell, prompted this because of their love for Eliestoun and appreciation of this special tree. Another donor lovingly and anonymously provided funds to create and share with you the video we’ve included here, plus another that will come later. Thanks so much to the pruning team, to the donors, to Larry Charlston for recording the activity, to Principia for granting permission to do this – and to you. Enjoy the video!

The other video that will be coming shows another important part of the tree preservation project – supporting the heavy branches of the Japanese maple tree. Ben Chu, a highly skilled craftsman in charge of the Japanese gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, did that work.

2 thoughts on “Japanese Maple Tree Work – Phase One”

  1. Beautiful in all ways. I always loved Eliestoun and visiting was a pleasure. About 10 years ago I was one of the workers who helped restore the little chapel on the grounds

  2. I really enjoyed watching this tree being pruned. I have been cutting out oriental bittersweet (invasive) vines from trees around our condo property for about five years, and each tree I liberate enjoys lifting its limbs and getting fresh air and sunshine. Such a pleasure to see. And on a smaller scale, just plucking dying leaves from my houseplants seems to build their morale!! Good work.

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