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Even with two more little Sakura cherry trees added to our roster (the pair in behind the new bench north of the north-est baseball diamond) -- we've just seven more "orphan" saplings seeking neighborhood adopters.

They need 5-gallons (20 litres) of water every week over the summer until just before Thanksgiving and we've several water sources, buggies and jugs around the park. 

If you're interested please contact the Adopt A Tree coordinator, Michaelle using our Contact Form and select "adoptatree."

Watering now for the park's future canopy.  oh yeah.

Linden in s end

And speaking of the park's tree canopy, this is one of the LIttle Leaf Lindens (Tilia cordata) in the south end of the park.  You can find more about this tree -- which has wonderfully fragrant blooms in early summer -- at Wikipedia.

UPDATE: We're down to 10 well-behaved young sapling trees still looking for adopters.  They need mulching soon, and then 5-gallons of water a week (unless it's rained heavily) from now until the end of September-ish.  We've a few water outlets, buggies and jugs around the park.  When you're away for more than six days, trade some watering duties with your tree neighbor.  Hesto presto -- we've helped ensure a healthy tree canopy for the next hundred years. 

TBP tree canopy

Join over 70 other park neighbors in this much-copied neighborhood volunteer activity.  See here for more deets.  Interested?  Contact AAT Coordinator Michaelle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UPDATE: We're down to 10 well-behaved young sapling trees still looking for adopters.  They need mulching soon, and then 5-gallons of water a week (unless it's rained heavily) from now until the end of September-ish.  We've a few water outlets, buggies and jugs around the park.  When you're away for more than six days, trade some watering duties with your tree neighbor.  Hesto presto -- we've helped ensure a healthy tree canopy for the next hundred years. 

TBP tree canopy

Join over 70 other park neighbors in this much-copied neighborhood volunteer activity.  See here for more deets.  Interested?  Contact AAT Coordinator Michaelle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What a spring-like spring we've been having -- sudden changeable weather.  Ah well, we're Torontonians and used to it, right?

We're gearing up for the 2013 season for the Adopt A Tree program and after tallying up who's moved away and/or no longer able to volunteer the hours, there are 25 (Update: 13) young trees needing adopters.

TBP Cherry blossoms N end

This number includes new adopters for the lovely new grove of four Sakura Cherry trees that appeared last fall at the top of the north end of the bowl.  Thrilled to report that there are also four new Sakura Cherry trees in the south end of the park which replace four destroyed by vandals in previous years.  And didn't they all look wonderful in bloom last week.

The watering jugs and buggies and hoses will be deployed before the end of the month, and we're organising a mulch delivery (thanks to our Parks Supervisor and team) for the weekend of May 25th.  Adopters get your gardening gloves ready for the annual mulching of your tree! 

If you're interested in joining our brigade of volunteers and adopting one of the 25 "orphans" please contact Michaelle using the contact form.

Google Map of trees in the program.  Orphans are marked with a bright red volcano icon.

These welcome autumn rains mean we're wrapping up Friends' Adopt a Tree program for the 2012 season.

TBP Fall colour of White Ash

We started a bit early this year due to the very early spring, which led into another extremely dry summer of drought.  Hard on all the park's trees -- in fact the entire city's urban forest, but here in our little corner of paradise the 73 volunteers watering the 94 trees currently in the program kept the saplings going.  A neighborly thing.

Four saplings were lost this season -- two to vandalism and two to well, just difficulties with transplanting.  Someone thought one of the blossoming cherries was pretty and lopped  its top off to take home, I guess, and a White Oak up along the laneway in the north end had it's bark stripped one night which means it will die.  We also lost the new Shagbark and Bitternut Hickory saplings planted in the early summer of 2011 most likely due to the fact that their deep taproots make them very hard to transplant.

TB Shagbark Hickory gone

On the plus side of the tree inventory, the Forestry department has said we'll hopefully get Hickory replacements next spring. The Shagbark had been particularly requested to replace the old dying one which had been orange-dot-of-deathed and was taken down this summer. (The Shagbark was the one in the circle of stones left over from the Crawford bridge.)

As well, our Park Supervisor tells us we may be getting six more Sakura Cherries, possibly planted as a grove where the Shagbark used to be in the north end of the park – just to spread their spring beauty around a bit.

TBP White Ashes x 2

PS: the trees pictured here are White Ash.  Their spectacular distinctive fall colour -- burgandy on the outside and glowing yellow inside -- make them easy to spot in the fall.  Sadly these are one of the ash types which is being devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) but let's enjoy them while they're here...

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