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Company Donates Care for Historic Trees in Darden Towe Park

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Some historic trees in Darden Towe Park are getting a facelift Thursday morning - and the company in charge is donating the work for free.

Five mature Osage orange trees stand next to the soon-to-be finished Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. The trees hold historic significance because they were one of the plants brought back by the explorers from the west.

The president of Van Yahres Tree Company says he wanted to do whatever he could to keep the trees healthy for the center to enjoy.

"It kind of struck a chord because the Osage orange tree was probably the most important horticultural discovery made by Lewis and Clark when they were exploring the west. The fact that there are some mature and specimen trees here on the property right next to the new center kind of hit home,” said Mike Van Yahres, tree car provider.

The new exploratory center is set to open this fall. They'll be using the trees as part of educational activities.

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