Monroe County Parks are home to plants from around the world

On February 8, 1942, the Democrat & Chronicle published an article entitled “Plea for Tolerance in Our Parks.”

The article was referring to an incident in 1917 during the height of WWI, where a group of four young zealots stole into Highland Park at night armed with flashlight,  ax and  towel, aggresively destroying any plants they could find with a marker stating “from Germany.”

The article, written during WWII, begged for tolerance for the parks since Highland and other Monroe County Parks were home to “Hundreds of shrubs indigenous to the soil of far-away lands,” including Japan.