A New Nursery for Our Trees



In October, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards celebrated the completion of our new tree nursery on the grounds of the Virginia Department of Forestry at the Fontaine Research Park. This is where CATS will store and care for the trees we make available to the community at our twice-yearly tree sales. (Please mark your calendar for our next sale, May 2, 2020, on the lawn at Stonefield.) Surrounded by 220 feet of deer fencing, the facility is the result of a months-long design and assembly process carried out by more than 20 Tree Steward volunteers. Robin Hanes, who coordinated the project, expressed special thanks to Phil Stokes for mapping out the nursery’s specifications and for acquiring a fencing system that would meet our needs. She also gave a hearty shout out to Allen Ingling and Kathy Nepote for their leadership in the construction effort and for providing some of the nursery’s essential features, such as a gate that affords truck access and a large bin for storing potting soil. On the day of the move, CATS volunteers loaded up some 300 plants and hefty storage frames and transported them from our previous location at Grand View Nursery, owned by longtime Tree Steward Jay Gillenwater. We are all grateful to Jay for giving our trees a home for the past eight years, and we look forward to nurturing our young specimens at this new location.

Another Tree Sale Success



The 2019 Fall Tree Sale was another stunning success for the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Thirty volunteers set up shop early on Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Tufton Farm. By mid-afternoon they had sold 266 trees and brought in $2,298 in total receipts. CATS also provided customers with multiple opportunities to learn about identifying, planting, and caring for trees. William Hamersky, chair of the CATS Education Committee, staffed a booth with educational materials and displays, while at an adjoining table Allen Ingling offered tips on planting and protecting young trees. In addition, Tom Wild and Tim Maywalt led two tree walks around the Tufton grounds.