Helen Albers and her Red Maple tree on Bridge Square

Last week in a discussion thread on the Bridge Square project blog about the Civil War monument there, Northfielder Helen Albers wrote:

I want the beautiful Red Maple tree, which I planted years ago, to remain where it is. It is a perfect tree. How fortunate I have been to enjoy our Bridge Square for eighty years!

I told her I wanted to take her photo with the tree and asked her for more details on how it happened.

Hi Griff, Believe I am a regular “Johnny Appleseed.” Being a tree-lover, I plant them about town. When my husband Lowell died, I planted an English Columnar Oak in the UCC garden as a memorial. Then, I planted two Red Maple trees along the Central Park sidewalk, followed by a beautiful Red Maple tree on south side of our Middle School (now Weitz Center) which has inspired our schools to do more plantings. To beautify Bridge Square, I decided to plant the very beautiful Red Maple, which is now shining brightly with Christmas lights for all to enjoy.

Helen Albers & the Red Maple she planted on Bridge SquareHelen Albers & the Red Maple she planted on Bridge SquareHelen Albers & the Red Maple she planted on Bridge Square

I took these photos of Helen Albers last night with her Red Maple tree at the start of Winter Walk.

When I got home, I looked through my gallery of Northfield photos and found two photos that show Helen’s tree in the summer:

The Helen Albers Red Maple on Bridge SquareThe Helen Albers Red Maple on Bridge Square

Left: May 24, 2008; Right: June 18, 2009.

Update Jan 8, 2014:  Helen sent me a photo of the tree, taken last summer:

Helen Albers tree in summer

7 comments to  (Including One Discussion Thread)Helen Albers and her Red Maple tree on Bridge Square

  • 1
    Danny Urban says:

    I can agree more with Helen!! Northfield needs to fix it’s streets, and quit worrying about things that are not broken. The city council sure wastes a lot of money on stuff that is not needed.

  • 2
    Jane McWilliams says:

    What a beautiful photo, Griff and Helen! As a tree lover myself, I admire your contributions to Northfield’s “urban forest.”

    Thanks to you both.

  • 3
    Marsha Kitchel says:

    What a lovely photo of Helen Albers, beautiful in red, hugging her red maple. Hold on for dear life if “new and improved” means touching this gorgeous tree or any of the trees on Bridge Square. Northfielders would be “up in arms” of the branches before we would let that happen.

  • 4

    It truly is a beautiful tree.

    I am still “sick” of the way the trees on Fourth Street look. It will be MANY years before they mature… and I hope they do!

  • 5
    Beth Kallestad says:

    Thank you Helen for your tree planting and reminding us of the need to protect those trees!

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