Winter-Spring Projects Pay Off in Healthy Summer Blossoms and Growth
June – the full month was proclaimed Hendersonville Pollinator Month. Why? Because there were so many activities scheduled to celebrate and educate about pollinators that a mere Pollinator Week wouldn’t do! The Tree Board partners with the Environmental Sustainability Board to host this popular program, which through more than 20 events highlighted farmers, authors, gardeners, beekeepers, restaurants, beers, foods, plants, and more! The community really got behind Hendersonville Pollinator Month to show their support. Volunteer Environmental Educator Kim Bailey worked with many participants to create the schedule of events. Hendersonville became a Bee City USA in 2015, the seventh in the country.
May 5, Arbor Day Celebration – The 20 or so third graders from Jullian Wallace’s class at Mountain Community School presented an original and energetic tribute to Arbor Day and trees. They enthusiastically helped plant the Scarlet Oak tree at A Pet’s Own Place Dog Park on 7th Avenue, where the ceremony was held. The Mayor officially declared it as Arbor Day in Hendersonville, and the City received several awards for good tree stewardship from the Arbor Day Foundation. Once again, this event was sponsored by Four Seasons Rotary International.
April 22, Earth Day -- two popular events were sponsored for Earth Day. In cooperation with Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, the Tree Board hosted “Walks and Talks Along the Greenway: Wildflowers.” 40 wildflower enthusiasts attended the walk led by two experienced naturalists – Michele Skeele and Penny Longhurst. In addition, a guided tour of the NeighborWoods Project at Hendersonville Community Co-op, showed visitors how the Tree Board and Co-op members and volunteers have worked together to landscape the new retail property with native plants, fruit trees, and a vegetated filter system in the bio-retention pond behind the retail store.
March 10 – with snow flying, 35 saplings were distributed to residents of Historic Hyman Heights neighborhood who had signed up for the NeighborWoods Project. Two demonstrations on how to plant a tree were held for residents during the day by nurseryman and Tree Board member Wes Burlingame. Now growing in the yards of participating neighbors are 14 Dogwoods, a couple of White Oaks, three Scarlet Oaks, four Red Oaks, numerous Serviceberries, and five Redbuds.
March thru May – plantings of trees and pollinator beds involved Tree Board members and other volunteers who were flexible with their schedules! Plenty of spring showers and storms helped shift the dates, but now, the trees (nine trees planted at A Pets Own Place Dog Park, Apr. 8) and pollinator beds are in-place (more than 300 pollinator-friendly perennials were installed in a series of labeled Pollinator Beds along Oklawaha Greenway and on Bearcat Loop Drive near Hendersonville Middle and Elementary Schools). These demonstration beds are now blooming. Residents can learn about various pollinator plants, their color, size, height, etc. in order to better plan their own flowering garden next season.
New Tree Board Brochure Produced – the programs of the Hendersonville Tree Board and how residents can participate, info on the Heritage Tree Program, the recommended Urban Tree List, ongoing educational programs, Urban Forest Management, and the NeighborWoods Project are described in the publication, as well as an invitation on how to volunteer and to become a member of the Tree Board. The tri-fold brochure is available at Hendersonville City Hall, Hendersonville Operatons Center, the Hendersonville Community Co-op, at various locations and here.
February 27 – close to 40 attendees learned “How To Control Those Pesky Invasive Species On Your Property” at a program sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board at Henderson County Library auditorium. David Lee, Natural Resource Manager, and Jennifer Adams, Habitat Restoration Associate, staff members at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, presented an informative Powerpoint and fielded numerous questions. We hope the landowners are now seeing results from the helpful hints they received at this wintertime program.
The Hendersonville Tree Board is a volunteer committee appointed by Hendersonville City Council. Its mission is to improve and maintain our urban forest, to educate citizens about trees and their economic and aesthetic importance, and to help implement the requirements of a registered Tree City USA.