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Let’s Take Care of Some Trees!

On TWO upcoming weekdays, Inman Park Tree Watch and Trees Atlanta will team up to show tender loving care to some trees, young and old, which are currently beset by invasive vines, ground covers, and shrubs.

It’s called forest restoration. We need your help to restore our Inman Park forest.

On Wednesday, May 25, from 9:00 to noon, we will be working along the serpentine path through the section of Freedom Park lying between Euclid and Austin. The closest intersection to the site is Austin Avenue and Sinclair Avenue. The signup for the May 25 project is here:

On Friday, June 10, from 9:00 to noon, join us in the natural area of Springvale Park, south of Euclid, to remove invasive plants. The closest intersection is Waverly Way and Euclid Avenue. The signup for the June 10 project is here:

These projects are suitable for younger children when accompanied by an adult. Bring a pair of work gloves if you have them, otherwise we’ll furnish them to you. Also a water bottle. The best clothing is long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots.

We hope to see you there! There’s a job for everyone, and your help is needed even if you cannot stay the entire time. Use the contact form on this site if you have questions.

Looking Forward to Festival 2

I visited a friend over on Edgewood Avenue today — he’d asked to borrow a bucket or two of mulch, and I was happy to oblige. When I got there, I saw immediately that I’m obviously not the only one around here who is eagerly looking forward to the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes.

Right? Look, Mr. Grancy Graybeard is already wearing his party outfit.

Fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus)

Looking Forward to Festival 1

My history with the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes begins in 1986.

Image credit: Richard Westrick

In 1986, Jeanne and I were living in a third-floor apartment at 461 North Highland Avenue. Her mother came down from Philadelphia to pay us a visit, and we took her to the festival. She loved it, and she insisted on buying us that year’s poster. It’s still my favorite.

In 2004 (I think it was), Jeanne and I had been living on Waverly Way for four years.

Image credit: Richard Westrick

We agreed to have our new two-story Craftsman included in that year’s Tour of Homes. This time, it was MY mother who visited. She came to help us throughout the weekend. I have wonderful memories of our younger son and his grandmother sitting on the front porch, welcoming visitors and marking those tour tickets.

In 2013, the neighborhood put 946 Waverly Way on tour again.

Image credit: Richard Westrick

Oh what fun that was. We met so many wonderful people, and who wouldn’t like to be complimented on their home?

Did you know that it’s neighborhood volunteers who organize and run the Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes? That mulching and pruning trees in preparation for Festival is just one of hundreds of tasks that have to be completed to stage a safe and successful event? That planning for the next year’s festival will begin almost as soon as this year’s festival is in the books?

It really does feel like a privilege to live in Inman Park, and as I’ve written before on this site, that’s down to the people — not the trees, not the houses, not the amenities, not the Beltline, not the buzz, but the people.

Oh, before I wrap this up, I have to share this quote from the March 24, 2004 edition of the New York Times. “Eccentric”? What a hoot!

Two weekends later … is another popular festival in one of the city’s most attractive in-town neighborhoods, the Inman Park Spring Festival and Tour of Homes two miles east of downtown. This event, less traditional and more exuberant than the Dogwood Festival, includes a parade of silly floats and clowns, a tour of some of the city’s most eccentric homes, and live entertainment and dance.

*Thanks go to former Tree Watch co-chair Richard Westrick for creating a photo gallery of posters from past festivals. You can view Richard’s album here.

**Volunteer for Festival here.

Happy Beech

Sometimes a tree needs a little help from friends.

On Saturday, October 16, eight friends of the beech tree pictured here gathered to liberate it from invasive English ivy, cherry laurel, and Japanese chaff flower.

Thanks go to Lee, Suzie, Steve, Marge, Chad, Andrew, Sandy, and Jim.

The next Whack, Snack, and Yak workday is Saturday, November 20. Meet on the porch at 946 Waverly Way at 9:00 a.m. No experience necessary, all ages welcome.