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Tree Story: Senior Photos

A childhood under Arboretum trees remembered.

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Editor’s Note: We’re celebrating our Season of Trees with Tree Tuesday on the Nature Notes blog. Come back each Tuesday for stories exploring the Arboretum’s trees and tree collections, and read more personal Tree Stories submitted by Arboretum members, staff and visitors.

Arboretum Marketing Project Specialist Rachel Neal started bringing her oldest daughter Jaden to play in the pine trees by the maze garden when Jaden was still a preschooler.

“Fast forward to the beautiful fall day in 2017 when we took photos for her senior year,” Neal says. “All the memories of Jaden’s time growing up under the beauty of the Arboretum trees flooded my mind: Playing in pine trees at the maze garden, birthday parties and picnics, tree branches used to create forts at Arboretum kids camps and her junior prom photos taken by the Bonsai in the Japanese Garden. I look forward to creating more special memories and moments among the trees.”

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