In 1989, just beyond the Motor Exhibit Building, we built what would become the access roadway for the loop road through Grounds For Sculpture. Inspired by scenes from Europe, it seemed like a perfect location for planting trees to form an allée. Originally planted in 2002 with Lombardy poplars, which did not thrive, it was determined that the native River Birch was a more suitable choice for this climate and so the poplars were replaced in September of 2008. Today, the beautiful river birch with their warm coloring and textural bark herald visitors on the journey into the heart of the sculpture garden. In addition to creating a majestic pathway for strolling, the River Birch Allée creates beautiful moments for visitors to admire the contemporary sculptures that are sited between its trees and along its edges.