Had some business near Bethesda yesterday. Slotted some time for a morning walk, which ended up taking place around the Grosvenor Metro Station.
Its majesty and situation drew me in. And sure enough, there is a story behind this tree. Two historical markers tell its story.
This is a Linden white oak. Idamae Garrott saved it from destruction by the Metro construction in 1973. She served for eight years on the Montgomery Council, eight years in the Maryland House of Delegates and eight years in the Maryland Senate.
Garrott passed away in 1999, at the age of 82. Her obituary noted she passed tenants rights bills, wrote consumer protection laws and promoted slow growth.
How fitting then this oak. Trees sure know a few things about those issues.