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Winds topple 2 trees planted by Robert Frost near his home

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/12/2017

SHAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Two trees planted by poet Robert Frost near his home perhaps as far back as the 1920s have been toppled by high winds.

Officials at what's now the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury say the birch and snow apple trees came crashing down on May 6.

Museum director Carol Thompson said the birch was the last tree planted by Frost.

"The birch is not a long-lived tree. As Frost said in his poetry they bend from left to right and don't last very long," Thompson told the Bennington Banner (http://bit.ly/2q9SYgG). "We have archival letters saying that Frost had planted a whole array of birches and most had died."

A number of Frost poems mention birch trees, including, "Birches," ''To a Young Birch," ''The Onset" and "Wild Grapes."

The poet also planted an apple orchard on the property, but it's been grown over by forest.

"I mean to plant a new Garden of Eden with a thousand apple trees of some unforbidden variety," Frost wrote about moving in the 1920s to Shaftsbury, a town of about 4,000 residents.

Thompson said the apple tree was huge, with a very large trunk, but it lost a limb a few years ago, "which kind of off-balanced it." The tree was propagated by the museum in 2008 and 2010 during a public fundraiser. Many trees have been planted on the property and throughout Bennington since.

The wood from both trees will be re-purposed by local artists.

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Information from: Bennington Banner, http://www.benningtonbanner.com

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