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Broadlawns arboretum is an expansive sweep of mowed lawns and waving grasses that stretch down to a bluff overlooking Narragansett Bay. From its creation during the 1880’s, the residence has been ringed with specimen beeches, oaks and maples. When the owners began to restore the house in 2005, they turned their attention immediately to the preservation of the almost 20 trees that were more than 100 years old.
Given the exposed position of this arboretum to strong SW winds coming across the water and natural aging, several of the oldest trees have died in the past five years. Having assumed an active stewardship role, the owners have replaced these fallen giants and even planted duplicates where signs of distress are now appearing in others. Additionally, they have added new specimens and have inventoried more than 70 trees on the property.