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.
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.
On June 5, a team of Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards joined young volunteers from Triple C Camp for the first of three scheduled service projects. At Greenleaf Park, the CATS worked with 20 seventh graders and three of their counselors for more than two hours to improve the trail next to the fern garden and to extend it through the park’s entire riparian area. They put down landscape cloth, covered it with mulch donated by Charlottesville Parks and Recreation, and replaced metal rods along the fern garden with bamboo stakes, giving the edging a more natural look. Each of the campers went home with a bamboo walking stick.
Project leader Camille Wilson noted, however, that golden bamboo is a highly invasive species in our region. “While many cultures value its attributes, it cannot be contained,” she said. “Parts of the woods at Greenleaf Park have been overtaken with bamboo. We did our part to remove some from the woods and repurpose it.”
She thanked other members of the CATS crew: Will Hueston, Allen Ingling, and Kathy Nepote.
The remaining Triple C Camp projects are scheduled for the mornings of July 10 on the grounds of the Virginia Department of Forestry and July 24 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Visit the CATS website for more details and registration information.
Led by Robin Hanes and Phyllis Johansen, a hardy crew of Tree Stewards potted and labeled 514 bareroot trees and shrubs on the morning of Wednesday, May 29. Among them were nearly 60 specimens that Tree Steward Phil Stokes donated from his property. The rest were acquired from the Virginia Department of Forestry. All will be cared for in our nursery over the summer and will be available for purchase at our Fall Tree Sale, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Tufton Farm.