Your Tree Watch chair and his wife dropped by the Arnold Arboretum during a recent trip to Boston.
What a thrill.
I thought I’d tell you about two trees at the Arnold Arboretum. We made an effort to locate them, because we thought they’d like to hear some familiar voices. Continue reading Far From Home
There’s just something about big trees, isn’t there?
Join Jim as he pays a visit to one of his favorite big trees in Inman Park.
To view the list of Atlanta champion trees, click on the image below:
To view a registry of U.S. Champions, click on this image:
Oh, and by the way, the top photo is a shot of that champion willow oak in Virginia.
On a beautiful Saturday morning, Tree Watch pruners Jim Abbot and Ken Taber set out for Highland Avenue and its gaudy new redbud trees (Cercis canadensis), a selection by a Tennessee nurseryman which he named “The Rising Sun.” Continue reading Pruning Tip #2: It’s Alive!!!
Hi, Jim. What’s shakin’? You got a minute?
Sure, Jim. What’s on your mind?
Time and space, huh?
Tell me more, Einstein. Continue reading Jim vs. Jim
If you’re like the team here at Inman Park Tree Watch, you have moments these days when you think, “Help! Where can I go to take a break from this insanity?”
Well, here’s what we do: we open the front door and walk outside. Continue reading Cure for Trump Exhaustion
A couple of weeks ago we issued a challenge. Having noted that our neighbors Bob and Wendy Palmer Patterson (NW corner of Euclid and Hurt) have one of the most beautiful and interesting yards in Inman Park, we asked y’all to try to identify three trees located there.
Well, here’s the answer! (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Okay, so you flunked that one. In fact, we did not receive one single guess! Sigh. Continue reading Time’s Up!
Yes, Inman Park is home to a coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens, specimens of which appear below in their natural habitat (take note of the hiker on the trail, in order to get a proper sense of scale):
By contrast, back in 2010, our redwood was measured at a measly 71 feet tall and puny 75 inches in circumference. But in its own way, it’s just as distinctive as its better known cousins out in California and Oregon.
That’s because ours was planted by the redoubtable Joel Hurt (1850–1926), Inman Park’s founder and one of the most illustrious Atlantans ever. Continue reading Inman Park’s Coast Redwood
This young blackgum or tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a tree species native to Georgia, was beginning to sprawl into Euclid Avenue and the adjacent sidewalk. With the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes coming up, Tree Watch wanted to do some light pruning, fearing that someone would inadvertently damage the tree by ripping away a branch.
Rather than remove an entire branch or branches — this prize needs to photosynthesize! — we opted for a series of reduction cuts.
Continue reading Pruning Tip #1: Mastering Reduction Cuts