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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume VII — Veteran

    Veteran Cypress   Rugged beauty on continent’s edge, Your rounded canopy swept by fog Gives little hint of your ultimate fate. Below, in the canyon, your gnarled roots Cling, oh so firmly, to weathered stone; And above, your thickened buttress stands Rock-solid, fixing that massive trunk   Yet, even now, your buttress splits, And adjacent …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume VII — Macrocarpa

    In September of 2019, I embarked on a global journey as a traveling scholar of UC Berkeley’s Geraldine Knight Scott Fellowship. My purpose was to follow the Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) wherever it has been planted by people, which for this species of cypress is a great many places. Half the world away, this tree …
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  • CypressFest! — Tree Care Collaboration at Cypress Lawn Arboretum

    This past September, a major seasonal effort in the pruning of Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) trees took place, here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum! Please enjoy this video, showcasing the work and arboricultural intentions of CypressFest.                                     Our namesake …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume VI – Spirit

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz   Hesperocyparis macrocarpa – Monterey cypress   Creative inspiration is rarely a given. Most often, it needs to be strived for, cultivated, discovered. In my own experience, there is a certain openness of the mind and spirit that lives as an essential tenet, preceding and informing the deeply human …
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  • Cypress Lawn Arboretum Day 2021: A Showcase Film About a Day for Celebrating Trees

    On November 12th, 2021, just a few short months ago, we celebrated our second-annual Arboretum Day. This special event of planting trees, learning about the living collection of Cypress Lawn Arboretum, and growing our community of tree-lovers near and far was a joyous and successful occasion. Many thanks to all those who helped to bring …
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  • Cypress Lawn Arboretum Day 2021: November 12th

    Dearest friends, neighbors, and tree-lovers near and far — It is my honor to extend to you a cordial in-person (as well as virtual!) invitation to our second-annual Arboretum Day, here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Nov. 12, 2021. The first-ever Arboretum Day, held last year on Nov. 18, 2020, was indeed …
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  • PRESERVATION, RESTORATION, CURATION: CARING FOR THE TREES OF CYPRESS LAWN ARBORETUM

    There is a certain awe that a tree may inspire, when given our attention.  The dappled light passing through a curtain of pine needles; a shimmering branch of copper beech leaves, dancing on the wind; the heady scent of magnolia flowers in mid-summer bloom.  At Cypress Lawn Arboretum, the care of our trees is given …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume IV – Seed

    Let me tell you a story, from a decade ago, about the first Monterey cypress I ever came to know… She lives on Bodega Head, nestled a hundred paces away from the sandstone cliff edge and the crashing Pacific surf just beyond.  I cannot recall my first instance of seeing her from afar, nor that …
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  • Plant Vision: Giving Our Attention to the Trees Around Us

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz I know this feeling of being a child, one of my first waking memories.  Running circle after circle on the lawn of my new family home around a ring of ivy. Three silver birches, Betula pendula, emergent from the center of the round as a harmonious triumvirate of brilliant …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume III – Specimen

    A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Diversity of Global Plantings of the Monterey Cypress By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Hesperocyparis macrocarpa, in its wisened maturity past a century in age, may grow to become a true natural spectacle, a wooden behemoth that lives at a physical and temporal scale far beyond the human. To …
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