City Honors Arborist Henry Davis

Henry Davis (seated front center) is surrounded by Arbor Day volunteers from the Massachusetts Arborists Association who joined him for a day of tree care and planting on Boston Common including an elm placed in his honor near the Beacon and Charles Street entrance to the park.

Henry Davis (seated front center) is surrounded by Arbor Day volunteers from the Massachusetts Arborists Association who joined him for a day of tree care and planting on Boston Common including an elm placed in his honor near the Beacon and Charles Street entrance to the park.

On Friday, April 26, the Massachusetts Arborists Association held its annual Arbor Day of Service on Boston Common.

More than 50 arborists representing 14 area tree companies were on hand to provide exceptional tree care to the trees of Boston Common.

In conjunction with Arbor Day, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of the Public Garden joined together to dedicate a newly planted Princeton elm to Henry Davis for his lifetime of work towards the preservation of the trees on the Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

For the last 45-plus years Henry has given his time and expertise in providing guidance and stewardship to the Friends of the Public Garden to oversee the care of these valuable trees, free of charge.         Representing the city were Boston Chief of Environment and Energy Brian Swett, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, and Parks Department Tree Warden Greg Mosman.

Swett presented Davis with a proclamation signed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino announcing April 26, 2013, as Henry Davis Day in the City of Boston.

The event was emceed by Henry Lee, president emeritus of the Friends, and attended by many of Henry Davis’s friends and family. There was a reception at the Friends office after the ceremony.

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