New Trees for Charlesgate

It Really Does Take a Village to Plant a Tree

This process started with Dan and Marie Adams, our brilliant Landing Studio design team choosing 15 locations in Charlesgate that would not be disturbed when the final park design is installed. Then, along with landscape architects, Weston and Sampson, they identified a selection of native species that would be the right tree in the right place. For example, the locations closer to the river were more flood tolerant and those planted among the existing Grove trees were more shade tolerant.  Only native trees are allowed on our site. Once this plan was set, it needed approval by the DCR Green Docket Committee and then approval by the Boston Conservation Commission (BCC). The submission to the BCC was supported by the Muddy River Maintenance and Oversight Committee (MMOC), by Sen. Will Brownsberger and by Rep. Jay Livingstone, as well as the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay (NABB), The Friends of the Public Garden (FOPG), Esplanade Association, The Garden Club of the Back Bay and The Learning Project Elementary School (LP). The LP will be using this project as an outdoor classroom on proper tree planting and care with an emphasis on what trees mean to climate resiliency. The LP is also generously sponsoring three of the new trees.

The next step was to make sure that we got the perfect specimen trees to plant. This is now a bit of a challenge given the increased demand for excellent nursery stock to meet the many new tree planting projects around the region. The Friends of the Public Garden stepped up and loaned us their experts and their nursery contacts at the Elhannon Nursery in Hoosick Falls, New York. Their consulting arborist Norm Helie, proprietor of The Growing Tree, Eric DiTommaso, Parks Care Specialist for FOPG, and Bob Mulcahy, Director of Parks Care and Capital Projects for FOPG, were joined by Jim Kelley, owner of Cambridge Landscape to make this happen. Jim has been doing tree planting in the Friends’ three historic parks for 20 years and he will be doing our tree planting this Spring. This is definitely the dream team of tree planting!

Pictured below on their visit to Elhannon this week is our tag team of Norm, Eric, and Jim, along with supervising canine consultant at the nursery, Pepper.  We are grateful to the Friends for their support of this project from the beginning and also for the generous use of their experts. Once planted the new trees will be added to the Tree Inventory database of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and will be monitored and maintained by the Charlesgate Alliance.

So what is next?  We still need sponsors for 6 trees. You can sponsor a tree for $3,000. They are going fast!  We still need to get the trees delivered and planted.  Jim Kelley is working hard to resolve trucking and delivery issues that are inevitable this year, but we expect to have this planting done by the end of May.  Stay tuned! If you have any questions about the planting or want to be a sponsor, please contact: Margaret Pokorny.

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New Trees

Pepper; Norm Halle, proprietor of The Growing Tree; Jim Kelley, owner of Cambridge Landscape; Eric DiTomasso, park care specialist for Friends of the Public Garden