October 2017 -- Residents in the Druid Hills Historic District will receive trees on Saturday, October 28, which they will plant at their homes. The 29 free trees are provided by Hendersonville Tree Board to homeowners who signed up to participate in its NeighborWoods Project. These residents have agreed to plant, maintain, and care for the trees so they will thrive and increase the urban-forest tree cover in the City. A demonstration will be given on that day to show participants how to properly dig the soil, amend it, and plant the new trees to increase the chances of success. In addition, six trees will be planted in Keith Park, in the heart of Druid Hills neighborhood, to enhance the majestic older trees there. Among the trees to be added to the homes and landscape will be American dogwood, white oak, redbud, sourwood, serviceberry, and sweet bay magnolia.
“I am happy that my neighbors are interested and willing to commit to this program,” said Sereta Brackett, a Druid Hills resident who helped organize the program in her neighborhood. “This is an older neighborhood, and it’s a good idea to add new trees to fill in where old ones have been lost.”
Nearly 200 trees have been planted in Hendersonville through the NeighborWoods program since 2010, including projects in Hyman Heights Historic Neighborhood where 35 new trees have been added to the numerous “historic” trees in the neighborhood; Hendersonville Community Co-op where more than 14 trees and numerous pollinator plants and shrubs were installed to enhance the storm water wetland behind the new storefront; 84 American dogwoods installed on properties along Fifth Avenue West, creating a beautiful springtime display; Regal Oaks affordable-housing project for senior citizens, where at least 10 fig and cherry trees were planted; and a project in Green Meadows which included fruit and nut trees.
The NeighborWoods Tree Fund has been created at Community Foundation of Henderson County to accept donations, which will keep the tree-planting program growing. The funds are used by Hendersonville Tree Board to purchase trees for residents to plant in yards, at businesses, in neighborhood green spaces, and where needed. The Tree Board’s program aims to assist residents to plant and maintain trees for health, beauty, wildlife, and to increase our urban forest coverage.
To learn more about the NeighborWoods Project and how individuals and organizations can participate, or to make a donation to the NeighborWoods Tree Fund, visit the Tree Board website or email.
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.