arbor day

to celebrate arbor day, the brazos county master gardeners are dedicating the brazos county arboretum at their demonstration idea garden (the DIG) today.  as DIG coordinator, i am so proud of all the work that volunteers have put into making it a wonderful horticultural resource for residents of this area (more on all the projects in a future post…).  the dedication will acknowledge a gift to the bcmga, given in memory of the donor’s parents, ira lee and mary dewees.  the arboretum consists of 24 trees that are adapted to the growing conditions of the brazos valley and includes the various trees already growing on site.  the new trees were planted in the spring of 2009.

before the arboretum (02-2009)
newly planted arboretum (02-2009)
growing arboretum (05-2009)
Prunus mexicana, (mexican plum) 02-2010
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem,' 03-2010
Cercis canadensis var. texensis (texas redbud), 03-2010
Ilex dedicua (possumhaw holly), 04-2010
Chionanthus retusus (chinese fringe tree), 04-2010
Quercus muehlenbergii (chinkapin oak) and P. mexicana, 04-2010
Quercus shumardii (shumard oak), 04-2010
Taxodium mucronatum (montezuma bald cypress), 04-2010

with good stewardship these trees will continue to grow and flourish, providing habitat for wildlife, structure for soil, shade for the heat of summer, and beauty to admire.

happy arbor day.  now go and plant a tree of your own… or ten…  if you’re quick enough, you can even get it done in time to celebrate landscape architecture month!  so not only can you celebrate earth day (4.22) and arbor day this month, but learn all about this fine profession… wouldn’t frederick law olmsted (4.26.1822), the “father” of landscape architecture, be proud of you…?


3 thoughts on “arbor day

  1. So many things to celebrate- not least your accomplishments at DIG. Bravo! You guys did a wonderful job there. The trees look great and I especially love the blossoms.

    • thanks kylie, we had a good turnout for the dedication, and a bit of a sprinkle to wash the dust away… hope you were able to get your hands in the dirt somewhere too…!

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