Posted by Richard Naumann on Sep 19, 2017
The distinguished Dr. Bill Brower will be presenting 
Bill Brower earned his BA in Philosophy
at Fairfield University, his MA in Education at WCSU and finally attained a PhD in Reading & Statistics at UCONN. He taught Reading class in elementary school and World Studies in middle school for 35 years in the nearby town of Ridgefield, CT. 
The Palmer Arboretum,
located in the Town of Woodstock, CT on Route 169, was founded in 1914 by Minnie Palmer Dean.  Mrs. Dean gave the property to the Town of Woodstock in her will in 1925.  Several of the trees date back to 1914 or 1916, among them the huge purple beach and the grove of cypresses which can be seen from the parking lot.  Over the years, the area over overlooked and became a jungle of poison ivy, multiflora rose and honeysuckle.  In the 1970's, Arthur Manthorne cataloged the remaining trees.  A separate Arboretum Committee was formed by the Selectmen in 1985, and the slow process of restoration began.  Most of the plantings were made in 1993-1994.  The Arboretum is a place for education, enjoyment and enlightenment.