When Jeanne and I moved into our Waverly Way home, back in the year 2000, there stood a huge water oak (Quercus nigra) between our house and our neighbor to the east.
Several years later, that oak died, and so our neighbor had to take it down. But it left some acorns behind!
In 2010, you can just see a sapling poking its head out of the bushes, in front of the flowering dogwood:
The next year, it’s making a bit of progress, though it’s hard to pick it out among all the other volunteers.
By 2014, with its root system just the way it wants it, the oak has leapt up.
Here is the tree now, on May 22, 2021. Roughly a decade of growth. It’s more than 60 feet tall. Look to the left. That’s a white oak (Quercus alba) that I myself planted probably five years before that water oak even thought about germinating.
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Trees Atlanta and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper installed the first of two bioswales on Highland Avenue. They had the help of several volunteers from Inman Park, including Jamie Allen, Chuck Young, and Jim Abbot.
Bioswales are landscape elements intended to capture, clean, and infiltrate stormwater on site. Trees Atlanta, in the person of Kelly Ridenhour, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, represented by Eric Fyfe, received a grant to pilot a simple and inexpensive approach to retrofitting existing street features, such as sidewalk rights-of-way and bump-outs, into bioswales.
Each new vegetated bioswale — at Highland’s intersection with Washita — will be home to one big-flowered silverbell tree (Halesia diptera var. magniflora), together with ground cover including Virginia sweetspire, eastern bluestar, river oats, coneflowers, and more.
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. Tree Ordinance Talk & Information Session at Trees Atlanta’s Kendeda Center in Reynoldstown. The City of Atlanta has begun a critically important process to rewrite our tree protection ordinance. Honestly, I can’t think of anything that will have a bigger longterm impact on our urban forest than this revised ordinance. At this information session, Trees Atlanta will have pizza, explanations, opportunities for you to comment and ask questions, and the like. Here’s more infoon the event.
Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll be back in the southern half of Springvale Park to continue removing woody invasives. Meet as usual on the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Waverly Way.
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll be installing nifty “bioswales” in two bump-outs on Highland Avenue, at its intersection with Washita. Here’s more info.
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll be mulching trees within the Festival zone. Meeting spot TBD, but probably along Euclid Avenue at Poplar Circle, near the intersection with Hurt Street.
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9:00-Noon
Springvale Park Forest Restoration
Help remove invasive plants from Inman Park’s crown jewel, emerald-green Springvale Park. This project is best for ages 12 and up, children to be accompanied by an adult. No prior experience is necessary – we’ll provide tools and teach you what to do. Physical activity such as bending, sawing/snipping, and lifting is required. Meet in the park near the corner of Edgewood Avenue and Waverly Way.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00-Noon
Freedom Park Shade Tree Planting
Help plant trees in Freedom Park to shade and cool the path, clean our air, reduce stormwater runoff, dampen noise, and provide habitat for critters. No prior experience is necessary — we’ll provide instruction and tools. All ages welcome, though children should be accompanied by an adult. Physical activity is required: digging, bending, lifting, etc. Meet in Freedom Park near the intersection of Sinclair Avenue and Austin Avenue.
Date and Time TBD
Installation in New Stormwater Planters
Help install plants in new stormwater planters that will soon be constructed along Highland Avenue at the Washita intersection. Check back here later for details.
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 AM-Noon
Inman Park Pre-Festival Tree Maintenance
Help mulch trees in Inman Park to get the neighborhood looking pretty for Festival. No prior experience is necessary — we’ll teach you everything. This activity is best for ages 12 and up, with children to be accompanied by an adult. Physical activity is required: filling and lifting buckets of mulch, walking, etc. The meeting place for this project is TBD, though in past years it’s been along Euclid Avenue at the Poplar Circle section of Freedom Park, near the intersection of Hurt Street and Euclid Avenue.