Howard County Arboreta
Howard Jackson was a dedicated volunteer in Long Reach Village. He loved Columbia and Long Reach, working very hard on various projects and committees. Some of his concerns dealt with open space, consumer affairs, and the well-being of the community in general.
Mr. Jackson served as chairman of the Long Reach Open Space Committee, working with residents and County officials in spruce-up projects and helping to resolve issues regarding the silt ponds in the Village. He was a member of the Columbia-wide Open Space Forum and of the newly formed ad hoc Open Space Site Identification Committee of the CA Executive Committee. He was influential in the efforts of Long Reach to obtain a left-hand turn signal at the intersection of Tamar Drive and Rt. 175. He was involved in the efforts to obtain street lighting along Tamar Drive, collecting signatures and encouraging the Village Board to pursue the issue. In cooperation with the Howard County Police Department, Howard helped develop Operation Identification, a project to decrease the incidences of burglaries. He conducted a campaign in Long Reach to remove the graffiti on the walls of the tunnel used by school children to cross Rt. 175.
So that all Columbians will be reminded of his contributions to the community, the Long Reach Pond, known as Hittman Pond, has officially been renamed Jackson Pond. The Long Reach Village Board has earmarked funds for a memorial plaque to be placed at Jackson Pond.
Marcia Harris, Reach Out, June 1978ArborTag which describes the distinguishing features of the species. Those pages can be used to make your own laminated tree tags.
In particular you should see the Corkscrew Willow. Introduced to the U.S. from China in 1923, the Hankow Willow (Salix matsudana) is an extraordinary member of the willow family. This tree is dedicated to the great Japanese botanist Sadahisa Matsudo who wrote one of the first floras of China: a catalog, systematically describing the plants of the country.
The contortions of the Corkscrew Willow (Salix matsudana cv. Tortuosa) is the most notable feature; even the leaves are curled and twisted. Like many willows the leaves are alternate and narrow, coming to a slender point. The catkins grow upright, about one inch long, and open in late April.
The younger shoots being more flexible exhibit the greatest degree of twisting, but all components of the tree, its stems and branches, are dramatically contorted.
The contorted twisting of the branches, the stems, and the leaves of
the Corkscrew Willow make it a central specimen in many gardens. A tree
of moderate size it grows to 30 feet, occasionally up to 50 feet high.
Its contortions make this tree an attraction especially in wintertime.