Thursday, April 23, 2009
For Md. Grad Student, a Time to Plant
David Ruppert's approach to preserving family trees is a bit unconventional. He plants them by the hundreds.
The Kensington native's quest to preserve and propagate the seed of local vegetation began years ago on his family's Olney property, when a magnificent white oak began to fail and produced in its death throes an abundance of acorns -- a large yield known as a mast.
"Sometimes, when they know it's the end, they'll produce a last huge one," Ruppert said of the phenomenon. "It was a truly gigantic white oak, probably one of the biggest white oaks in the county."
The Painting is by Henry Hillier Parker