Tree Stewards Tom Wild and Donna Vinal led a tree identification walk on the trails of the future McIntire Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 11. They pointed out a variety of native trees and showed how to identify them using their leaves, bark, twigs, buds, seed casings, nuts, and many other features. This walk also showed how the site of the future botanical garden is evolving. Donna and Tom will lead another walk here in the fall. Check our event calendar later for the next opportunity.
Tree Stewards held their first tree sale of the year on May 4. A bright sun shone on our site at The Shops at Stonefield as 30 volunteers assisted over 100 customers with tree and shrub selection for their homes. Our experts advised and counseled customers on their questions and concerns for existing and future plantings. If you missed this event, our fall tree sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, from 10 – 2 at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Tufton Farm. Come join us and take a tree walk around the beautiful Tufton grounds.
Representatives of the Charlottesville Tree Commission, Tree Stewards and the Virginia Department of Forestry celebrated Arbor Day on April 26 at a ceremony in Market Street Park. We celebrated the huge Basswood Tree, the fact that Charlottesville continues to be honored as a Tree City USA, and the tradition of Arbor Day. The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards recognized the Basswood as a Landmark Tree, as well as the White Ash behind the Albemarle Historical Society. The city has been treating this historic ash tree against Emerald Ash Borers, which are now killing off all untreated ashes in the east. After the ceremony, Tree Stewards offered a guided Tree Walk in the park. For more information on the trees, check Basswood and Ash on the tree list at notabletrees.org. For TV coverage see https://www.nbc29.com/clip/14811147/charlottesville-celebrates-arbor-day-recognized-as-a-tree-city and https://www.cbs19news.com/video?vid=509115362.