Over 500 volunteers joined the Wolf River Conservancy at the 12th Annual Tree Planting on Saturday, February 25th at Shelby Farms Park. Volunteers planted a total of 544 native trees, including 400 dogwoods along the Walnut Grove section of Shelby Farms Park, and a variety of other trees nearby. A small group of hardy volunteers also took on the difficult task of removing Bradford pear trees, an exotic invasive species.
Thank you to our presenting sponsors, FedEx and International Paper, and additional support from Brother International, Crawford-Howard Private Foundation, Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis, The Little Garden Club and the Memphis Garden Club.
We planted 400 Flowering Dogwoods (Cornus florida), and 24 of each of the following: Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), American Holly (Ilex opaca), Common Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), Parsley Hawthorn (Crataegus marshallii), and Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia). These trees will not only add color and beauty to the landscape, especially when blooming, but will support pollinating insects, birds, and other wildlife, store carbon, improve water quality, and more!
Thank you to all who came out, got their hands dirty and beautified the Wolf River watershed!
For more event pictures from Saturday, please go to our Facebook Page. Photography by Frank Gibson