When he was mowing grass several years ago, Joe Grice, park maintenance supervisor, noticed numerous tree seedlings emerging near the old sassafras grove southwest of the Girl Scout house in Greenville City Park. Joe quickly refrained from mowing the area. Now more than twenty vigorous young sassafras trees which stand 10 to 15 feet high, arc in a large semi-circle adjacent to the old trees.
In the photo, the new trees are situated in the foreground, the old sassafras grove behind.
Because of the foresight of one person, the next generation can enjoy these native Ohio trees and wonder at their aromatic mitten-shaped leaves. Next time you’re in the park, give Joe Grice a friendly wave.