Howard-Ralston Eucalyptus Tree Rows - Burligame, CA
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N 37° 34.970 W 122° 21.844
10S E 556148 N 4159720
Quick Description: Rows of trees line the El Camino Real in Burligame.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/9/2012 3:23:25 PM
Waymark Code: WME6H1
"Howard-Ralston Eucalyptus Tree Rows is a designed landscape of 557 trees flanking El Camino Real (State Route 82) through the cities of Burlingame and Hillsborough. The tree rows were designed by landscape gardener John McLaren to beautify and protect from wind the portion of the County Highway leading to the grand estates of several San Francisco Peninsula property owners, including George H. Howard and William C. Ralston. The planting, undertaken between 1873 and 1876, was comprised primarily of English elms and eucalyptus.
The property is listed for its association with the founding and urban design of the cities of Burlingame and Hillsborough, and as an example of master landscape designer John McLaren’s early work. The period of significance is from 1873, when the first trees were planted, until 1930, when the city of Burlingame enacted zoning ordinances that prohibited commercial development along El Camino Real in order to protect the Tree Rows. Property owners Howard and Ralston wished to create an attractive boulevard in order to draw investors to their property, hiring McLaren to design a functional and aesthetically pleasing landscape. " (visit link