Albany's tree whisperer retires after 31 years


Albany's tree whisperer retires after 31 years

Albany
Tom Pfeiffer is Albany’s tree whisperer.
He murmured their Latin names and reminisced about planting majestic English oaks as sapling decades earlier in Washington Park.
He strained to lift an elegant Japanese umbrella pine knocked over by a reckless driver near the park’s lake house and gently tamped its upended root ball back into the soft earth.
He nursed back to health trees beset by pests, torn up by high winds and wounded by ice storms. He mourned the senseless lacerations of graffiti carved into bark. “It breaks my heart to see that,” he tells me.
He fashioned a wooden brace to stabilize the cracked limb of a century-old weeping beech that is a beloved and gnarled park landmark near the Moses statue. It survived.
Source: Times Unition
Albany's tree whisperer retires after 31 years

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