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Save Our Elms, Tour of Ladd’s Addition Homes, Sept. 20

Ladd’s Addition Historic Home Tour
Saturday, September 20, 2008, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Autumn is such a lovely time of year in Ladd’s Addition as the trees turn color. We hope that you will enjoy the scenery as well as the homes on the SAVE OUR ELMS’ first Fall Home Tour. Ten residences are open for public viewing on this self-guide tour, four of which, have not been on the tour before. While walking the neighborhood, take some time and visit the four lovely Rose Gardens (maintained by Friends of Ladd’s Additions Gardens) and historic Ladd Circle Park. Thank you for supporting SAVE OUR ELMS.

Tickets are avaialble in advance for $13 at Palio or Hankin’s Hardware. Tickets may be purchased for $15 on tour day at Palio.

The 2008 Ladd’s Addition Fall Historic Home Tour, is sponsored by SAVE OUR ELMS a neighborhood based nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and preserving the urban forest. Proceeds from the home tour buy materials needed to inoculate the neighborhood’s graceful American Elm street trees against this destructive and costly disease. Since the 1930’s, when the disease was first detected, thousands of elm trees have been killed through-out the United States. By the mid-1980’s it had spread to every state in the continental US. Grove after grove of American Elms have been devastated by the fungus which is carried by the Elm Bark Beetle. Once an elm becomes infected it soon wilts and dies. The tree must be removed at once and the wood destroyed to prevent the spread of the infection to other nearby elms. DED is active in every major stand of American Elms in the city, and Ladd’s Addition is no exception. Take a walk along Lavendar St. and you will see where we recently lost mature American Elms to DED. In Sping 2009 we will plant new disease resistant elms to take their place. One more way SAVE OUR ELMS is preserving the urban forest for future generations. Every year SAVE OUR ELMS volunteers inoculated 1/3 of the 250 American Elm street trees in the neighborhood. At a cost of around $160.00 per tree. This means that SAVE OUR ELMS must raise a minimum of $12,000.00 in order to cover just the inoculant used each year. That’s pretty good insurance since it costs between $3,000 and $5,000 to remove a dying elm. Donate and become a member of SAVE OUR ELMS today. Contact: Dave Kaplan, membership coordinator, at (503) 232- 2559 or send an email to: membership@saveourelms.org

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