When is Brown Burlap “Green”?

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Have you noticed the brown burlap wrapped around the upper trunks and branches of the rubber trees and pin oaks in our Park? The burlap may look like giant ace bandages, but our trees are not injured. In fact, the burlap is there to prevent injury.

Several years ago, our arborists at Hartney-Greymont noticed the telltale pattern of holes on the softer bark of our rubber trees, indicating sapsuckers had discovered our Park. Sapsuckers are in the woodpecker family, and have strong preferences for certain trees, rubber trees and pin oaks being some, using their beaks to make rows of holes in the soft bark to extract the trees’ sap. Not only is the scarring unsightly, the damage can cause limb loss or tree death.

Rather than using toxic sprays to protect our trees, our arborists employ a simple, environmentally-friendly way to discourage the sapsuckers. Each spring, a barrier of brown burlap is wrapped around the part of the trees that would be targeted by the birds. The burlap is removed each fall, after the birds have migrated south, and our trees have remained unscathed. This simple solution is part of our on-going commitment to find new ways to preserve and improve our Park without harmful chemicals.

The Crusaders – June 11, 2015

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Concert in the Park, June 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Norman B. Leventhal Park, Financial District, Boston

Inspire Arts & Music (IAM) is pleased to be hosting our 2nd Annual Concert in the Park event at the Norman B. Leventhal Park in the heart of Boston’s Financial District on June 11th, at 5:00 PM. Concert in the Park is a performance event and fundraiser aimed to help IAM showcase and grow their programs and increase the numbers of students impacted by those IAM programs in the future. Headlined by the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, the concert will feature group performances, small ensembles, solos, and percussion features that are sure to inspire and excite.  The concert will also feature the Hyde Park Youth Percussion Ensemble (HYPE) who will be showcasing their very first performance.  The concert is free and open to the general public. There will be a private cocktail reception for sponsors following the event.

“We are extremely excited to bring once again the sounds of IAM music to the streets of Boston. The Concert in the Park event provides a great opportunity to showcase the performance capabilities of New England’s finest young performers and we can’t wait to bring this to Norman B. Leventhal Park this June,” said Inspire Arts & Music, CEO, Jim Cronin.

To learn more about IAM’s Concert in the Park please visit:

Play Me, I’m Yours! September 27 – October 14 2013

From September 27 to October 14, we will have one of the 75 pianos in Boston as part of the international street piano festival started by British artist Luke Jerram in 2008. For more information and other piano locations, visit

Share your talent. Come and play it! We would love a photo or video of you playing this piano. Tell your friends to come and play too.

Click here to view more pictures and videos of our Piano being played.