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As a youngster growing up on Elder Lane in Winnetka, Emily Rose spent many happy days climbing two crabapple trees outside Greeley School.
“I grew up with Greeley as my backyard,” Rose said. “All the neighborhood kids gathered to play after school, during the summer and in the evenings.”
While perfect for climbing, crabapple trees are highly susceptible to diseases. Greeley’s well-loved trees eventually died, leaving empty spaces where Rose and her friends once played.