Historic tree management is a task that works best from a holistic perspective (Fay, 2011). A perspective that sees the trees as lead performers in the existing environment instead of seeing the trees as sculptures placed in a static gallery that happens to be outdoors. The curator of such a collection could be an observant, aware, appreciativeadvocate for the trees, a stage manager of sorts, who can be a caretaker of all the parts (Leopold, 1948). It would benefit the collection if the curator engaged in conversation with other institutions boasting similar collections and carrying out comparable work. Awareness and communication are key aspects of being effective in this regard. Practical tree work should reflect the age and stage of the trees. Methods for aging trees should be applied.This research shows that the mission of the historic tree collection could encompass utility and beauty. The historic collection is collaborative by nature, connecting the collection to the institution and the institution to the world at large.