Monster Tree Service of Brandywine Valley, a full-service tree-care company serving Delaware County, Pa., and New Castle County, Del., has donated its services to assist Tyler Arboretum with the Historic Painter Plants Exhibit, an effort to showcase the history of Tyler Arboretum and the legacy of the Painter brothers.
In the mid-1800s, brothers Jacob and Minshall Painter inherited the land that is now Tyler Arboretum. They planted in rows to create a “living laboratory” where they could study, in Quaker naturalist fashion, many species in various environmental locations. Tyler horticulturists are attempting to re-create these rows using existing Painter plants and other plant species that the Painter brothers originally used. Monster Tree Service provided pro bono tree removal services to help get the project started.
”This area of the arboretum is a perfect place to showcase the story of our past and our inherited connection with nature,” said Stephanie Santucci, Tyler gardener on the project. “We are so grateful for Monster Tree Service’s generosity and look forward to working with them again.”
Monster Tree Service of Brandywine Valley, part of a national franchise, launched its newest location in 2014 to bring the highest levels of customer service to Delaware and Delaware County residents who expect the best tree care experience possible. The franchise is owned by Steve Hassall and his wife, Mary Lou, of Kennett Square, Pa.
Hassall had previously spent more than 20 years in the corporate world, but he wanted to start a new chapter where he could apply his years of acquired knowledge to his own business. Hassall consulted with the Widener University Small Business Development Center to help make his dreams of owning a business a reality. He took advantage of the Widener SBDC’s seminars on topics ranging from the basics of owning a business to developing a business plan and using QuickBooks. He then consulted one-on-one with SBDC Director Glenn McAllister, who helped Hassall narrow down his franchise options and launch Monster Tree Service.
“Instead of finding traditional business consultants to help me with each unique aspect of starting and running a business, I turned to the Widener SBDC, which offers a wealth of resources to enable small businesses to enjoy a successful launch and long-term success,” said Hassall. “As a new member of the business community in Delaware County, I am now in the unique position to offer my resources as a way to pay the support forward that I received from the SBDC. Once I discovered the gem of an arboretum that is Tyler, I realized that with more than 600 acres of land that needs ongoing tree maintenance, I could give back to our local community by assisting with this maintenance, hoping to extend Tyler’s operating budget just a small bit further.”
When Tyler’s Historic Painter Plants Exhibit is completed, it will complement the surrounding historic buildings and other original parts of the landscape to provide guests with a clear window into the past. A living picture in time back to the mid-1800’s will educate and stimulate the imaginations of visitors and hopefully pique their interest in Tyler’s origins.
The Widener University Small Business Development Center, made possible through funding provided by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, provides Delaware County small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with a wide variety of services and resources to help them start or grow small businesses. For more information, visit the Widener SBDC website at www.widenersbdc.org.
Tyler Arboretum, one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, is an important community resource and cultural destination. Tyler provides a natural sanctuary for visitors interested in horticulture, history and the natural world. Its 650 acres of meadows, wetlands and unbroken forest can be enjoyed via over 17 miles of hiking trails. Additional information is available at www.tylerarboretum.org.