Thanks to Tim from Chapon's Greenhouse for installing our new "Cupressina" spruces at the Collins corners this morning, and to Chapon's for having the nice specimens to begin with! They are planted right next to the dogwoods we also purchased from Chapon's when we first redid those corners 7 or 8 years ago (in a drought!). We learned to carry lots of water that summer, and I've kept my handy dandy water buffalo for times like these!
Thanks also to those friends and neighbors who have supported our benefit through the years, which provides us with funds to maintain the corners and to be able to donate to other Blackridge organizations.
I've already gotten one volunteer to help water our new trees for the rest of the summer. Any other takers?
Ladies and Gentlemen:
At the BCA on the evening of Wednesday, October 17, we will be sponsoring a lecture by arborist Jason Rihn from Bartlett Tree Experts, who takes care of the trees on our corners (saved them from bagworm just last season!!).
Jason will present and take audience questions, plus I am going to invite members of the Churchill Tree Committee, who are working on policies to protect our beautiful local canopy to be present, to answer questions as well. We'd also like to include members of local clubs, such as the Churchill Garden Club and the Forest Hills Garden Club, to be attend.
I thought maybe we could raffle off a tree or tree-related item, and serve treets! (Get it?? LOL) with the same theme (from trees or look like trees or sound like tree names or anything else fun--but easy!)
AND--I am looking for volunteers to help with:
invitations and graphics (leaflets?)
setup and cleanup (log in early; leaf late!)
treets and drinks (will be phloem freely!)
greeting (be a bud!)
raffle (it will be nuts!)
anything I am forgetting (we can branch out!)
Would you like to volunteer to help? (Don't be a sap!! Volunteer!) Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions? You'll enjoy the fruit of our labor!
Author, Judy Diorio
Judy's Blog is written by Blackridge's gardener-in-residence, Judy Diorio. Judy has lived in Blackridge for 25 years, and writes the BGC's "In The Garden" column for the Blackboard. She has studied horticulture and landscape design and is currently preparing to be a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist.
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