The Church Hill Planters and the Friend of Libby Hill Park pulled together community volunteers to plant 24 new trees and mulch 40 existing trees in Libby Hill Park this morning. About 60 people turned out to help, including a solid contingent from the Richmond Tree Stewards.
The new trees include dogwood, redbud, serviceberries, yellow wood, and white oak. All of the trees planted are native species to Virginia. (To find out more about the importance of planting native species, check out Douglas W. Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens – or give him a listen online….)
As much as everyone involved worked for the pure interest of seeing new trees and a beautiful park, the spread of muffins, brownies, and a frickin’ fantastic split pea & ham soup was a nice reward after a morning of labor. Thanks to everyone that cooked, planted, mulched, and watered!