The birches in the Event Field Garden were horribly crippled by the ice storm we had in the early part of December. Each of their branches were completely encased in ice and the weight of that ice bent all four of the trees to the ground. Even when spring arrived, they came up only a few feet. Two of them were almost uprooted by the weight of the ice, so we decided we had to cut them down. The other two we are hoping to save. We used our truck and a heavy rope and pulled them back to upright position, then ran a cable to a
large pine tree to hold it in that position. We have been told that birch trees have "memory wood" and now we just have to hope it will remember what it feels like to stand straight and tall!