When’s the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. And the second best time? Today. Consider this ancient Chinese proverb for this planting season.
Friends of Trees is at it again, in their 24th year of planting trees throughout the city of Portland. There are plenty of options to consider for your planting strip, depending on your site, but a few popular choices are: Paper Bark Maple, Linden, Oregon White Oak, Forest Pansy Redbud, Japanese Stewartia, and Cascara, to name a few. What’s that you say, you have room in your yard for a tree? This opens up your options considerably, how about: Douglas Fir, Giant Sequoia, Kentucky Coffee Tree, and various fruit trees, for example.
Friends of Trees offers high-quality stock of trees, works closely with the City of Portland & homeowners to choose the best trees for their space, and most importantly, provides an outstanding community planting event. This is an opportunity to meet your neighbors, learn how to properly and safely plant trees, and have a delicious assortment of homemade soups and foodstuffs for lunch.
This season’s deadline to order trees for the Portsmouth neighborhood is January 20th, 2014. If you’d simply like to be a part of the fun and volunteer for the morning, planting day is Saturday February 8th, 2014. We will meet at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 7600 North Hereford Street at 8:30 am. Kenton neighborhood is also joining us! For more details look on their website www.friendsoftrees.org
By: Amy Michet, Portmouth Neighborhood Coordinator for Friends of Trees
Come for the trees, stay for the luncheon!