W9863u TO MATT BROMAN from T.B. McQuesten
Oct 2 1942
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten
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C. Ellison Kaumeyer
NIAGARA PARKS COMMISSION
Toronto, October 2, 1942.
K.M. Broman, Esq.,1,2
Niagara Parks Commission,
Niagara Falls, Ontario
I am not able to get over this week and I thought I would write to you instead. If you think it is possible, I would very much appreciate some considerable planting programme this fall in the area between Homer and the circle into the Rainbow Bridge and along the new highway from Fort Erie to Lundy's Lane. So far as the latter section is concerned, it is specially valuable to be able to get planting done, before paving, on the margins of a road. It is done when the public are not there to comment on it and in this case, it will have some years to become established as probably no paving will be done until the war is over. Of course it is not possible in this situation to plant the boulevard between the two pavements, as this would be destroyed in the paving operations. With regard to the other section from the circle south to Homer, there are a number of well protected areas which I thought we might devote to specially fine planting. I am anxious in all this work to plant a mile at a time of flowering shrubs like lilacs, crabs and thorns. Little spot planting of these flowering shrubs is no good at all. Also I would like to plant more oaks, basswood and other varieties, including horse chestnuts. I cannot see for the life of me why you cannot plant some horse chestnut nuts. However, I will leave it to you. Do you not think that we might get some stock from St. Williams? It may be all gone, but I know Frank Newman will co-operate with you to the full. My principal concern is not to plant if you do not think it is the right season. Will you think it over and we can have a chat next week, when I hope to be over
It has also occurred to me that there might be some heavy planting of the side hill behind the parking area north of the Brock Hotel. You would have to get the consent of the owners, but I fancy they would give you that consent.
1 Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all part of the Broman collection.
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography
2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.066.1 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.