Recent News

Return to Pen Park for Tree Identification Walk

On June 15, the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards offered a reprise of our hour-long tree identification walk at Pen Park. Dana Denbar and Susan Mefford helped participants learn to identify about a dozen native tree species along the park’s fitness trail, among them sugar maple (Acer saccharam), red maple (Acer rubrum), tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) and sycamore (Platanus occidentalis), as well as hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), boxelder (Acer negundo) and sassafras (Sassafras albidum)Registrations are now being accepted for a tree ID walk at Darden Towe Park, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Pedestal Seating Moved to Greenleaf Park

With ingenuity and hard work, a team of Tree Stewards recently moved 10 concrete pedestals from a site at Walker School to Greenleaf Park. The next step is to put them in place as seating around the park’s fern garden, an ongoing CATS project. Each pedestal weighs more than 200 pounds. Many thanks to Allen Ingling, Kathy Nepote and Camille Wilson for their heavy lifting.

A Tree Steward Shares Her Garden


On June 8, Tree Steward Patience Wadley and her husband, Haydn, welcomed more than 100 guests to their garden, which was opened to the public as part of the Piedmont Master Gardeners’ “Through the Garden Gate” program. CATS and PMG volunteers were on hand to greet and guide visitors as they strolled through this stunning landscape.

Patience and Haydn Wadley

When Patience and Haydn moved into their home 30 years ago, the only tree in the yard was a single Bradford pear (Pyrus calleryana). Today the property hosts some 50 varieties of oaks, maples, tulip trees, dogwoods, paw-paws, birches, beeches, sycamores, magnolias, lindens, blackgums, sweetgums, black locusts, cherries and parrotia, as well as cedars, spruces and pines. Artfully placed amongst shrubs and perennials in undulating beds, these trees create a palette of shapes, textures and colors that delights the eye in every season.

Many thanks to Patience and Haydn for sharing the results of their hard work and keen talent for design.

Haydn Wadley and Tree Steward Jacki Vawter