Bexley Arboretum

Reading You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir by Maggie Smith, and she mentions that at one point she and her husband moved to Bexley, Ohio, “being the only city in the country designated as an arboretum. So many trees, some of them pines. So many pinecones.”

Bexley, Ohio neighborhood in Spring with a tree-lined street.
Bexley street in spring, Mah Jong, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

With 14,000 street trees of more than 130 species, in 2013 Bexley became the first city in the United States to be designated as a municipal arboretum. Since then there have been others, including Mt. Lebanon PA, Village of Homewood IL, Montgomery IL, and Oak Park IL.

I haven’t read much further in the book yet so I don’t know if Maggie Smith liked living there, or maybe there were too many pine cones.