By looking at persimmon seeds, tree expert Scott Reiter predicts a bad winter

Scott Reiter of Kansas City is groundskeeper for Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, This conversation took place on a walking tour of the Library’s 11-acre arboretum, which has more than 100 different species of trees. The arboretum is free and open from dawn to dusk year-round; guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays.

When do you expect fall color will peak at the arboretum?

Early November.

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