New pine planted for Arbor Day at Cathedral of the Pines

  • Dane D'Arcangelo, Bob Allen and Connor Jennings of Eversource plant a Swiss Stone Pine at Cathedral of the Pines to mark Arbor Day. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Dane D'Arcangelo, Bob Allen and Connor Jennings of Eversource plant a Swiss Stone Pine at Cathedral of the Pines to mark Arbor Day. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Dane D'Arcangelo, Bob Allen and Connor Jennings of Eversource plant a Swiss Stone Pine at Cathedral of the Pines to mark Arbor Day. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Dane D'Arcangelo, Bob Allen and Connor Jennings of Eversource plant a Swiss Stone Pine at Cathedral of the Pines to mark Arbor Day. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/4/2021 8:25:35 AM

Rindge’s Cathedral of the Pines is home to pine trees from all around the world, representing the titular conifer as well as the venue’s history of inclusivity. On Friday – Arbor Day – a new Swiss Stone Pine joined the family.

The tree joined three other exotic pines which were donated by Eversource last year and planted at the Cathedral of the Pines entrance when the utility company was on site to do tree pruning and removal.

“There’s no better place to celebrate Arbor Day than a place called ‘Cathedral of the Pines,’” said Bob Allen, a vegetation management specialist for Eversource.

“We’re honored to be able to work together on this project,” Cathedral of the Pines Executive Director Patricia Vargas said during the planting of the newest addition to the collection on Friday.

The first known Arbor Day in the United States were celebrated as far back as the late 1870s in Nebraska, and became a day associated with the appreciation of and planting of trees. By the early 1900s, most states celebrated an Arbor Day, and it became a national holiday.

Last year, Eversource had intended to plant the Japanese White, Bosnian and Bristlecone Pines during an Arbor Day celebration, which is typically held the last Friday in April. However, due to the pandemic, the celebration was put on hold, and the trees were planted in the fall, despite snowy and icy conditions.

Alllen said the diverse nature of the pines planted isn’t an accident. It’s an homage to the Cathedral of the Pines interfaith nature.

The Cathedral of the Pines was built as a memorial to Sanderson “Sandy” Sloane by his parents Sibyl and Douglas Sloane III after Sandy’s plane was shot down in Germany during World War II. Since its inception, the Cathedral has welcomed all faiths for services, weddings and events, as well as being a nationally recognized veterans’ memorial.

“It just seemed like a good fit,” Allen said.

Allen pointed out how all the pines differed slightly, with regional characteristics like bristles sharp or soft, cones large or small. Despite their differences, all are pines from mountainous regions that should be well-suited to the Rindge climate, he said.

Over the next few decades, the young trees will join their much taller brethren by soaring up to upwards of 50 feet. It will take a long time to see them grow to maturity, Allen said, but there is no better steward to watch over that growth than the Cathedral of the Pines.


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