One of the first major investments Hawthorn Hollow made after it was established in 1967, was to transform what was previously a pasture and hayfield for Ruth Teuscher’s horses into a 15-acre arboretum.
They were able to enlist Clarence Godshalk who worked at the renowned Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL from its inception in 1922 and was named director in 1939. Trained as a landscape architect in the naturalistic style of O. C. Simonds and others, he developed the Morton Arboretum’s distinctive landscapes. In 1966, after nearly 45 years at Morton Arboretum, Clarence Godshalk retired and was named Director Emeritus. Ruth writes in April 1969 “Clarence is the eighth wonder of the world. He drives here from Morton, one and one-half hours at 70 miles an hour (He says never less than 70), goes around all day walking fast, and when the time to go home is still peppy. From what we can estimate, he is over 72 years old. He is amazing.”
We also work with private landowners, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand rare species’ genetic biodiversity.