Category Archives: Education

Time’s Up!

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!

Inman Park’s Coast Redwood

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

Can You ID These Trees?

Bob and Wendy Palmer Patterson’s yard at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Hurt Street in Inman Park is a plant lover’s paradise. See if you can identify the species of each of the three larger trees shown in this photo.

Send us your answer: common name and scientific name for each tree, please. (Hey, that’s what Google is for!) The first correct response gets a free Inman Park Tree Watch T-shirt!

Education

Which of these is false?

  1. Lake Claire’s tree canopy is currently twice as dense as Inman Park’s, and taking into consideration how much of Inman Park is “non-vegetative land cover,” Tree Watch is limited to about half the total area of the neighborhood when it is looking for places to plant trees.
  2. A recent study in Portland found that a single shade tree increases a homeowner’s property value by an average $7,130, while street trees add $8,870, on average, to a house’s sale price.
  3.  A two-stroke, gas-powered leaf blower releases into the air about 300 times the hydrocarbons of a heavy-duty pickup.
  4. In the front yard of a house on Elizabeth Street is a 70-foot tall, multi-trunk redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) — a Pacific coast redwood, that is, roughly 2,700 miles distant from the California forests where it has its true home, and which is said to be comprised of the suckers that sprouted from the stump of a tree planted by Joel Hurt himself!!!
  5. There is absolutely no connection between knowing more about the natural world and caring more about the natural world.

If you chose #5, congratulations!

Tree Watch needs your help in identifying topics, issues, speakers, experts, activities, venues, media outlets, and so forth, to educate Inman Park residents about the critically important work we must do to ensure that Atlanta remains a city with an environment that is supportive of human health and prosperity. Contact us!