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Prospect Park’s website has just added a great new feature: a “tour” of the Park’s notable trees. Some 14 of the Park’s rarest, most unusual, oldest, and tallest specimens are displayed on a simple, clickable map. Each click triggers a window with more information and three beautiful images. Go to for the site.

The online tree tour was the brainchild of Jeroen “Haffy” Shiran, an arborist, and his colleagues in the Prospect Park Alliance’s Landscape Management Office (LMO). Haffy researched and wrote the text accompanying the tour.

The photos were taken by Paul Blutter, a volunteer who has been working with LMO over the last few years. An amateur photographer, Blutter spent much of last year photographing the Park’s trees.

More than 1,500 trees have been planted in Prospect Park over the last two decades as part of the Park’s Commemorative Tree Program. Hundreds of the Park’s existing majestic and beloved trees have also been adopted by people through the Commemorative Tree Program. Planting or adopting a tree is not just a wonderful way to honor a special person, but also helps the Prospect Park Alliance care for arboriculture in Brooklyn’s great landmark Park.

The Prospect Park Alliance’s Office of Landscape Management works with donors wishing to plant a new tree to select an appropriate type and an optimal location. Donors are then welcome to attend the planting of their tree. Planting is done in spring and fall. August 15 is the deadline to make a donation in time for fall planting.

For information on Prospect Park’s Commemorative Tree Program, call 718-965-8994 or email

For information on Prospect Park events and programs, call 718-965-8999 or visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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