circa 1976 
prospect park, brklyn

ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, foliage, fruit 
Japanese flowering cherry, Prunus serrulata, bloom, bark
white mulberry, Morus alba, foliage, bloom

The ginkgo tree was introduced in 1784 and later, favored by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, made its way into many North America cities including Brooklyn. 3,000 Japanese flowering cherry trees were gifted to the United States from Japan in 1912, which led to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. All of these varieties can currently be found in Prospect Park. They are the heritage of European settlement on this continent.

‘Circa 1976’ refers to the bicentennial which celebrated 200 years of nationhood shaped by a growth economy mindset and the environmental impact that followed in its wake. NYTimes Magazine article “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” By Nathaniel Rich, cites the 1970s as a pivotal moment in the history of climate change.2

2. Rich, Nathaniel. “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.” New York Times Magazine Interactive, 1 Aug. 2019.