Albemarle High School Students Plant Native Trees.
Over the past two semesters, under the guidance of their teacher, Diana Webber, Albemarle High School’s AP Environmental Science students developed a landscaping plan for the front entrance and parking area of the high school and collaborated with CATS to carry out tree plantings. The first phase of the work was completed in June 2017 and the second phase in December.
Webber contacted CATS through our website asking if we could offer guidance on how best to plant the trees. Tim Maywalt and Phil Stokes met with her and the head of the grounds crew to plan the work. The students chose a variety of native trees for these plantings including dogwoods, serviceberries, red and nuttal oaks, red maples, Kentucky coffee trees, tulip trees, Norwegian spruce, redbuds, serviceberries, and American holly. Several Tree Stewards worked side-by-side with Diana, the students, and the school’s grounds crew to plant twenty-one trees in June along the Hydraulic Road entrance and in December another twenty-eight trees were planted in the parking area and along the drive to the school.
For the December planting, twelve tree stewards participated, including Tim Maywalt, Tom Wild, Donna Vinal, William Hamersky, Phil Stokes and Penny Kaiserlian, as well as graduates of the recent Tree Steward Training Class–Peyton Williams, Allen Ingling, Kathy Nepote, Rachel Keen, and Lida Wise. Amory Fischer, a graduate of AHS and a CATS member in training, instructed groups of students on the basics of tree planting. Various tree stewards provided guidance, tools, and oversight and helped almost 50 students from several of the Environmental Sciences classes with digging holes, planting, composting, mulching and watering.
Diana Webber expects that her AP Environmental Science students will be planning more plantings at Albemarle High with the assistance of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards in future years.
Trees Planted at Jackson Via Elementary School
On October 26 CATS members Lisa Sheffield and Camille Wilson visited Jackson Via’s after school garden club. The Garden Club is part of the City’s School Yard Gardens project and is run by master gardener Mary Voorhies. Camille and Lisa helped the students plant two trees just at the beginning of the woods which are adjacent to the school. The Kousa Dogwood and Eastern Redbud were purchased by the club from the CATS tree sale. Lisa also did some leaf identification as they hiked the woods. The students did the digging, refilling and mulching and continue to water and monitor the trees. Each took home a laminated redbud leaf as a memory of a wonderful day in the woods.
Native Trees Planted near McIntire Park.
27 CATS volunteers, 30 non-CATS volunteers and City Landscape Staff gathered at East McIntire Park, planting 48 trees and shrubs on an ideal, cloudy Saturday November 4. The work went quickly, with such a great turn out and with good, loamy soil and beautiful trees. This was great hands on education about how to plant.
Plant varieties include 4 kinds of Hickories, Black Gum, Red Maple, Sweet Gum, Possumhaw Viburnum, Pagoda Dogwood and Blackhaw Viburnum. A soaking rain began as we departed the field.
East McIntire Park is only accessed by an unmarked driveway off of East 250 currently, just after the Dogwood Memorial. Soon there will be a bridge from West McIntire Park. It’s a beautiful place to walk, on well mowed trails, and our trees, just up the hill towards the future Botanical Garden, make a great addition.