The good Doctor takes on horizontally flowering trees, gardening ladies, and the city's public works efforts in this response from the May 2013 issue.
Back in the mid-1990s, some group was feverishly planting flowering trees so that Cincinnati could have a “White Blossom Festival” to rival Washington, D.C.’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Whatever happened to that idea? —Still Waiting for the Leaf-PeepersDear Waiting:It is true that the fin de siècle did see an effort by what used, in gentler times, to be called society ladies to have the streets, avenues, boulevards, and parkways of the Queen City lined with lacy Kousa dogwoods and similarly horizontal varietals, the idea being that a white-blossomed Cincinnati would rival the District of Columbia and its Taft-era pink cherry trees. What the ladies failed to understand is that municipal arborists, especially those of south-German and Austrian descent, consider undisciplined and overly horizontal foliage anathema. Sadly, the White Blossom Ladies were no match for the Bradford Pear and Ginko Forces in Public Works who believe the first duty of a tree is to not crack the sidewalk. That is why we now have a Trees Drawn By 6-Year-Olds Festival rather than a White Blossom Festival.
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