At the corner of Brown and Power streets is the President’s House. Across from the house are some steps where you may rest for a cigarette early one morning and observe this great University’s President shuffle determinedly down her driveway and pick up her newspaper, like an enlightened Tony Soprano. A little farther down Power Street is the lovely Nightingale Brown House. Half-hidden in the wall is the entrance to its garden, where a little path leads down to an open clearing bordered by a grove of trees. This is one of my favorite spots at Brown, where I have spent many afternoons and evenings in leisure. Even late at night a walk to this park is the perfect balm for a long day.
Here one may find a great variety of trees. Each is visually distinguished by its peculiar pattern of growth, texture of bark, shape of leaves, response to change of season, and colocation with other plants. One may spend hours in this one spot just observing every plant, tree and architectural element.