Trees Atlanta, Many Volunteers Plant 90+ Trees in VaHi

By Stephanie Coffin and Lola Carlisle; Photos courtesy Lola Carlisle

img_1498November 12th was a fun day of tree planting in Virginia-Highland! There were many helping hands from Virginia-Highland, local schools and organizations. Due to the lack of rain, it took all the volunteers working very hard to dig through the hard soil to plant.

We planted Kousa Dogwoods, American Fringe Trees, Trident Maples, Carolina Silverbells and other species provided by Trees Atlanta and funded by the tree recompense fund of the City of Atlanta. You can view the planting list here. 

img_1494Protecting and adding to the overall tree canopy in Atlanta are critical to improving our environment and promoting healthy lifestyles. Virginia-Highland is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and these Trees Atlanta plantings, and those we all do privately, are increasingly important as we continue to lose old growth trees from development pressures and environmental impacts.

Due to the drought we ask that you please help by watering the trees in the planting strips near your homes. Even under our watering restrictions new plantings may be watered for 30 days after they are planted. Use a couple of buckets for each tree, once a week. Pour the water slowly around the tree, so it gets a chance to saturate the soil and not run off. If it rains, don’t worry about watering.

Special thanks to all the volunteers, VHCA, Alex Beasley of Trees Atlanta, and Stephanie Coffin for a successful planting!

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Annual Trees Atlanta VaHi Tree Planting Set for November 12

By Stephanie Coffin and Lola Carlisle

Editor’s Note: Stephanie Coffin is a long-time Virginia-Highland resident whose passion for trees has helped make our neighborhood one of the most tree-friendly in the city. Lola Carlisle is a past VHCA board member who stays active in the neighborhood.

image001Mychorrhizae, planting depth, root bound, tree species and planting hole size are just a few examples of the vocabulary of tree planting.  These terms and more will be discussed and then applied to planting trees at the annual Trees Atlanta VaHi tree planting event which is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 9:00 am. Volunteers will meet at North Highland Park (corner of N. Highland and St. Charles).

We will use gloves, shovels, buckets, water, mulch and teamwork to plant the trees.  As always we have beautiful trees to put in the ground: Kousa dogwoods, American fringe trees, Trident maples, Carolina silverbells and other species are provided by Trees Atlanta, paid for from the tree recompense fund of the City of Atlanta.

Traffic calming is a major focus of the tree planting project this year, in addition to adding beauty, creating shade, and reducing air pollution and noise.  The planting in Virginia-Highland will start at Lanier Blvd. and Virginia Ave. and go east on N. Virginia to fill in street tree gaps on Stillwood and Los Angeles Avenues.  These streets have been newly inundated by cut-through traffic.  We hope that the tree will say, loud and clear: SLOW DOWN. BE CAREFUL OF OUR CHILDREN.  RESPECT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Volunteers meet at North Highland Park for the 2015 Trees Atlanta planting event.

Volunteers meet at North Highland Park for the 2014 Trees Atlanta planting event.

The Morningside planting is also designed in part as a response to increased cut-through traffic on Courtenay Dr. between N. Highland Ave. and Monroe Dr.  In addition, we will add a few more Crape myrtles on N. Highland to continue the 100+ Crape allee from Ponce de Leon to Amsterdam. The planting of Crape myrtles on both sides of N. Highand will be extended into Morningside.  Crapes provide summer color and beautiful winter bark. They are drought-tolerant and forgiving of traffic. They are the perfect tree to line our major corridor.

So, think positively to conjure continued mild weather with a shower or two before the November 12 planting and come join us.  People working together to green our neighborhoods by planting trees is a great response to the emerging reality of climate change — recently and more accurately recharacterized as “anthropogenic climate disruption”.

Please check the list below for the tree species to be planted at specific locations.  We’ve also posted photos of the tree species to be planted.

Enjoy the planting, everyone!


Hearts of Gold Redbud

Hearts of Gold Redbud

Crape myrtle

Crape myrtle



Kousa dogwood

Kousa dogwood

Trident maple

Trident maple

American fringe tree

American fringe tree






Trees Atlanta Conducts Seminar on Atlanta Tree Ordinance

TreeOrdinance2016promoTrees are a tremendously valuable public resource. The goal of a “tree ordinance” is to prevent net loss of trees and the tree canopy on both public and private property.

Urban trees work hard for us — they are an integral part of the natural system that helps lower summer temperatures, offset the urban heat island effect, prevent erosion, lower the incidence of flooding, and enhance the overall quality of life for Atlanta’s residents. In many ways, the mature urban forest is Atlanta’s signature environmental feature. For this reason, the City of Atlanta created the tree protection ordinance to help protect the urban canopy.

What is our tree ordinance? What can (or can’t) city arborists do? What’s the definition of a dead, dying, and hazardous (DDH) tree? Which rules apply to removing trees on construction sites? How does the Tree Commission and the appeals process work? What do the orange and yellow public notice signs mean? Come meet key contacts in the City’s Arborist Division, learn, and ask your own questions. This discussion will be led by key staff from the City of Atlanta Arborist Division. They will guide us through the basics and discuss a local case study. Citizens can become more empowered to act as effective stewards of our trees by better understanding the City’s tree ordinance.

  • Seminar to be held at Trees Atlanta’s TreeHouse facility at the StoveWorks, 112 Krog St., Suite 7
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM with light refreshments.
  • Program begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
  • Please walk, bike, or carpool and arrive early to accommodate for limited parking in local lots and street parking.

Free with registration:


Trees Atlanta Announces Expansion of Environmental Education Programs

treesatlantalogoNew opportunities for grade schoolers and tree enthusiasts

Trees Atlanta is expanding its youth and adult education programming designed to provide opportunities for everyone to learn proper techniques for planting and caring for trees while also becoming better stewards for the urban forest. Each program stands alone, but all serve a common goal: giving members of our community the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully restore and maintain the precious natural resources that are essential to our quality of life.

Junior TreeKeepers

Trees Atlanta is, of course, eager to share the love of trees with the next generation, and is excited to expand the 2015 Junior TreeKeepers Summer Camp at the new Trees Atlanta TreeHouse!

The Junior TreeKeepers summer camp provides five (5) days each session of interactive and hands-on activities in environmental science, as well as field trips to local attractions such as Fernbank Forest, a 200-year-old forest, the Atlanta BeltLine and Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Each week-long session costs $250, and scholarships are available. Enrollment is open and middle and elementary school students are encouraged to apply now at


Trees Atlanta needs help sharing its story and is seeking the first group of energetic public speakers to complete training to lead presentations in the community about Trees Atlanta.

Volunteers are needed to present already prepared presentations approximately 30-45 minutes in length and answer questions from the audience. Preliminary interviews will take place prior to the start of training. Training will be held over two 3-hour sessions. It will include classroom instruction, review of presentation, practice, and presentation critiques. Visit for training information.

Do you have an upcoming meeting or event where you’d like to host a presenter to learn more about Trees Atlanta? Contact to process your request.

Youth Tree Stewards

Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), CSX, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are partnering with Trees Atlanta to prepare the next generation of environmental stewards. Trees Atlanta is working with teens from George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club on programming relating to Atlanta’s urban forest that focuses on three key themes: stewardship, leadership, and advocacy.

Youth Tree Steward environmental activities include removing invasive species from the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and cleaning up litter around Fred Armon Toomer Elementary. At the end of seven sessions, the students will be empowered to lead local advocacy efforts that build support and awareness of the benefits trees provide to their communities.


15th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale Set for This Saturday October 4

image001This year, Trees Atlanta’s Annual Tree Sale—its fifteenth!—will be held at the nearby Carter Center. This new venue offers more space for the 1,500+ plants available for sale, as well as much more available parking.

The Tree Sale & Jamboree, held rain or shine, will offer trees, shrubs, perennials, and tree-safe vines for sale. It’s the best selection in town, including over 200 native and exotic species.

Click on the link below for more information.

15th Annual Tree Sale & Jamboree!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Freedom Farmers’ Market at The Carter Center

453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307


Trees Atlanta Kicks Off Planting Season

treesatlantalogoPassing along the following from our friends at Trees Atlanta:

With another successful planting season in the rear view mirror, Trees Atlanta is enthusiastic to begin the new planting season in September. To celebrate, Trees Atlanta has announced details for two kick-off fundraisers.

Trees Atlanta is hosting “Tailgate for Trees”, on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, GA, 30316. At the event, you will find your favorite tailgating activities, catering by Ibiza Bites, and a spirited silent auction featuring rare and unusual plants and trees. The auction will also feature incredible woodcrafts and art pieces by your favorite local artists. Tickets are $50 for individuals.

The nationally known non-profit is relocating The 15th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale & Jamboree to a new location: the Freedom Farmers’ Market at The Carter Center, located at 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Each October, Trees Atlanta offers more than 1,500 native and exotic plants – including 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials, and tree-safe vines – for purchase by the public. The fundraiser will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Trees Atlanta donors of $500 or more are invited to attend a preview shopping night the evening before the sale. If a shopper wants a big tree but has a small car, Trees Atlanta can provide delivery, as well as planting assistance, within a limited area for a small fee.

All proceeds from both events benefit Trees Atlanta’s planting and education programs, helping our community plant approximately 6,000 trees and seedlings each year and provided educational sessions attended by more than 8,000 adults and children all around metro Atlanta. All of this was made possible by the support of people like you.

For more details visit


Trees Atlanta Announces TreeKeepers 2014 Program; Fruit and Nut Tree Panel Discussion

treesatlantalogoRegistration is now open for Trees Atlanta’s 2014 TreeKeeper Program. Trees Atlanta education coordinator Kate Baltzell says this is the 8th year for the TreeKeepers certification program and it’s sure to be the best program ever. The educational program includes seven different sessions and covers everything you’ve wanted to learn about trees:  identification, proper pruning, disease/pest identification, and ongoing care. Kate says the program’s enormously popular and will likely sell out soon. Click here to view a flyer with more information, or click here to register.

Also, Trees Atlanta will host a Fruit and Nut Tree Panel Discussion from 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Wednesday August 6. This panel discussion is free and open to the public and will be an excellent opportunity to learn about food bearing trees fit for growing in our part of the country. Click here to view a flyer with more information, or click here to register.


Trees Atlanta and Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Host Tour of Trees by Bike

ABC LogotreesatlantalogoTrees Atlanta and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition presents a “Tree Tour on Bikes”, led by ISA Certified Arborist Linc Weis and experienced ride leaders from ABC. The tour will take place on Sunday April 27 from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

This family-oriented ride visits the Virginia-Highland Neighborhood Arboretum along quiet neighborhood streets as well as a stretch of the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine while showcasing diverse ornamental and flowering trees. This easy ride has options for 2 or 4 miles of touring and can be managed by most elementary school children. Younger children and cyclists who have yet to develop street skills are welcome as passengers in bike seats and trailers driven by adults. Frequent stops and interesting stories accommodate all ages. Feel free to bring your own refreshments and refillable water bottle for a water stop at John Howell Park. Also, join the group for an optional lunch stop afterward at a favorite Virginia-Highland restaurant.

DSC05064Meet at John Howell Park at 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM departure. Arriving at 9:30 will allow organizers to sign you in, check equipment and brief riders on the route and safety rules. Whereas light mechanical problems can be handled by our ride leaders, our tour will be more pleasant if your bike arrives in good working order. Participants are expected to wear helmets. You are encouraged to bring a bike with gears as Atlanta can be hilly at times.

Participants are asked to pre-register for the event so organizers know how many riders to expect. Register at:

Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for help supporting this and other Trees Atlanta Tree Walks!

Virginia Highland Neighborhood Arboretum:

Bike rental available here: Atlanta BeltLine Bicycle

Route options the group might take:


Trees Atlanta Seeks Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Tour Docents


docent: volunteer educators who undergo intensive training to further the public’s understanding of cultural and historical collections 

Are you passionate about the Atlanta BeltLine and do you love sharing your passion with others? Are you an energetic and eager learner, and a lover of trees and plants? If so, Trees Atlanta has an awesome opportunity for you. Check out the following from TA’s Kate Baltzell:

As you may know Trees Atlanta is very involved in the Atlanta BeltLine and began planting the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with trees, shrubs, and native grasses in fall of 2012.  We will continue to plant and maintain the horticulture collection as well as incorporate signage along the Eastside Trail, but the best way to communicate all of these exciting additions is through knowledgeable volunteers leading Walking Tours, or Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docents.

We are actively recruiting for the third class of Docents to begin training on Thursday mornings in April and May.  During training, experts cover topics ranging from Atlanta BeltLine history & design to Arboretum horticulture collections.  Ideal applicants have experience with plants, an eagerness to learn, and the energy to lead tours/projects in the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.  If you or anyone you know anyone who is interested  in this great opportunity, contact me at for more information.

Seats are limited so if you’re interested, better to apply sooner rather than later. You can apply here:

Editor’s Note: VaHi resident Kay Stephenson and I went through this training session last year and it’s incredible. The course is packed with lots of great information about the BeltLine, the Arboretum, history of the area surrounding the Eastside Trail, etc. Class members bring a tremendous diversity of backgrounds to the table and the exchange of information between attendees is another plus to the course. Kay is actively giving Arboretum tours – I haven’t been quite so dilligent in completing my studies yet – so if you know her and want to learn more, I’m sure she’d be glad to talk with you about it. I’d also be glad to answer any questions you may have about the course.

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Volunteers Turn Out to Support Trees Atlanta VaHi Planting

DSC_0013Many thanks to the Cub Scouts of UMC Pack #17 (and their accompanying moms, dads, brothers and sisters) and all the other volunteers who showed up to plant 80 new trees this past Saturday in VaHi. If you were out and about in the ‘hood late morning you saw them along Briarcliff Pl., Greenwood Ave. and throughout Atkins Park planting carefully selected trees that we will enjoy for years to come. This was Trees Atlanta’s annual major VaHi planting event, and it was accompanied by a parallel planting in Morningside (also supported by Pack #17).

Special thanks to Alex and the team from Trees Atlanta for providing the trees and expertise. Longtime VaHi resident Stephanie Coffin was very involved in the planning of this event (as she always is) but was out of town and unfortunately couldn’t attend the planting.

Click here to view an album of photos from the event.

Trees Atlanta and VaHi Volunteers: You Guys Rock!!


Trees Atlanta VaHi Planting Set for February 22


Editor’s Note: A headline for this article in our Voice e-newsletter listed a February 15 date for this event. That date is incorrect. The correct date is February 22. We apologize for the confusion.

Trees Atlanta will conduct a major planting event in Virginia-Highland later this month, and you’re invited to help.

Anyone who wants to assist with the planting should RSVP by clicking here. Volunteers will meet at New Highland Park  (corner of N. Highland Ave. and St. Charles Pl.) at 9 AM Saturday February 22. Please wear work clothes and bring work gloves. All other supplies will be provided.

DSCF0011This planting event will focus primarily on the following VaHi streets: St. Louis Pl., St. Charles Pl., St. Augustine Pl., Briarcliff Pl. and Greenwood Ave. Most of the trees to be planted will be silver maples (acer saccharinum), trident maples (acer buergerianum) or crape myrtles (lagerstroemia indica).

VaHi resident Stefanie Coffin worked with Trees Atlanta to organize the planting, as she has done several times previously.

vahighbillkid205“These annual plantings focus on areas of the neighborhood with high density and traffic to help mitigate the impact of pollution from autos,” Coffin says.

“Focus is on street trees that survive,” Coffin says. “The average life of a street tree is around 17 years, so tree selection is a big part of the planning process.”

Coffin points out that funding for the annual planting comes from the yearly grant given to Trees Atlanta by the VHCA and a generous contribution from UMC Cub Scout Pack #17, as well as recompense funds paid to the city by anyone found to have taken down or destroyed a tree illegally (these latter funds flow through the Tree Conservation Commission).

The planting event is part of Trees Atlanta’s NeighborWoods program, in which the non-profit partners with neighborhoods across metro Atlanta to plant native species, raise awareness about the benefit of trees, and create a core group of tree advocates. NeighborWoods is a collaborative effort to replenish and sustain the tree canopy, while also educating the community on tree care and management.

Click here to view a complete list of what kind of trees will be planted where.


Trees Atlanta Arbor Day Speaking Event Features NY Times Science Writer, Author

treesatlantalogoPassing along the following speaker notice from our friends at Trees Atlanta:

Please join us on Thursday, February 20 at 6 PM as we welcome Jim Robbins, a science writer for the New York Times and author of the acclaimed The Man Who Planted Trees for his talk entitled: The Power of Trees And How It Can Help Save the World.

Jim is the first Trees Atlanta Georgia Arbor Day Speaker, which has been made possible thanks to the City of Atlanta.
You will be able to purchase Jim’s book at the event and have him sign it!

Overview of Jim’s Talk: The Power of Trees And How It Can Help Save the World

Though they surround us, and are vital to our existence, trees and forests are poorly researched and poorly understood. Jim Robbins, a science writer for the New York Times, and author of the acclaimed The Man Who Planted Trees, describes in his talk the things we do know about them, and the many things we don’t — from their ability to clean up toxic waste to the ways scientists say they connect to the cosmos. Trees heal people, are critical to insects and wildlife as medicine, and, some scientists believe, even have a nervous system that allows them to think, strategize and communicate. Most importantly he explains why trees should be seen as an “ecotechnology” to accomplish a wide range of important functions to heal broken ecosystems and adapt a changing planet.

Jim Robbins, a free-lance journalist for more than thirty years, lives with his family in Helena, Montana. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times since 1980, and has written for numerous magazines from Condé Nast Traveler to Smithsonian. He has carried out assignments in Europe, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Yanomami Territory in Brazil and Venezuela, and across North America, especially the Rocky Mountain West. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, and is at work on a fifth. His writing interests include science, the environment, and the human central nervous system. He considers the fact that he has been able to freely indulge his curiosity and get paid for it one of his greatest accomplishments.

Event details:

  • Parking available at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316 or neighboring street parking
  • 6:00pm – Presentation begins
  • 7:00pm – Book signing
  • Seats are limited & reservations are first come first served
  • CEUs available:  1.5 CEU hours for ISA members

Click here for more information or to register for the event.



Trees Atlanta 14th Annual Tree Sale and Festival Set for Saturday October 12

treesatlantalogoFrom our friends at Trees Atlanta:

What: 14th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale

When: October 12th, 2013, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Where: Trees Atlanta 225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, 30316

Looking for native trees and plants to add beauty and shade to your yard? Well, you won’t find a wider selection or better prices than at the 14th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale. It’s the best tree sale in the southeast, featuring over 1,000 plants—including more than 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials, and tree-friendly vines.

Whether you want to bring shade to your yard with a tall oak …make a statement with a dramatic Dovetree or contorted Filbert…cover an arbor in coral honeysuckle…line your driveway with ethereal muhly grass…or add more pollinator plants to your garden, our tree sale has got you covered.

Your decision to purchase from Trees Atlanta affects more than just the health and beauty of your property; it also makes a contribution to one of your favorite local non-profits, as well as to the entire Atlanta community. All proceeds benefit our neighborhood tree planting projects, helping Trees Atlanta volunteers plant about 2,000 trees each year all around metro Atlanta. 

We know you can shop anywhere, so we thank you for choosing to shop with us. We’ll see you October 12th. A complete list of trees and plants for sale are available on

If you want a big tree but have a small car, Trees Atlanta can provide delivery, as well as planting assistance, within a limited area for a small fee!


Sign Up Today for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour

treesatlantalogoimage001Take a Unique Natural Journey Through Atlanta’s Living Past, Present and Future

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum (ABA) is an ever-changing, dynamic natural space that offers a unique glimpse into the horticultural history of the city. The Arboretum can be enjoyed in many ways, but the most fulfilling experience is provided by the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour, guided by trained Trees Atlanta Docents.

DSC_0023Over time, the ABA will evolve into a 22-mile long horticultural collection. This one-of-a-kind linear expanse provides neighborhood connectivity along the Atlanta BeltLine, while showcasing unique natural characteristics within each community. Neighborhoods near the Arboretum will be identifiable by the surrounding trees, and visitors will be able to develop a greater appreciation for the value of trees in an urban environment. The exact number of trees planted will depend on space available, but the conceptual plan proposes several thousand trees. The Arboretum will be built over the next two decades.

DSC_0067Enjoy fresh air, new city views, fascinating Atlanta history, and every changing season of horticultural interest. Come walk the Atlanta BeltLine with a Trees Atlanta Docent and learn firsthand about the Arboretum from a well-trained expert. These walking tours explore the Eastside Trail with a strong focus on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the Atlanta BeltLine. A walking tour of the Atlanta BeltLine is the best way to see the progress and be active at the same time.

DSC_0063The walking tour takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily accessible trailhead in the Inman Park neighborhood at 9:00 A.M. on Fridays and Saturdays. Each docent prepares their own unique talking points to spotlight the native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and much more. Be sure to take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered year round so you can experience every season of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expert docent.

Click here to see a video about the Arboretum walking tour, courtesy of Atlanta Channel 26.

DSC_0038Registration for the following month opens at 9:00 A.M. on the 20th of each current month. Click here to register online. If you have questions or want to learn about special group accommodations, contact Trees Atlanta Education Coordinator Kate Baltzell at

UPDATE: Come meet Trees Atlanta Education Coordinator Kate Baltzell who will be a special guest at the next monthly general meeting of the VHCA Board of Directors. Kate will be on hand to talk about the Arboretum walking tours and other fun stuff happening at Trees Atlanta. The meeting will be held Monday August 12 at 7 PM at the public library on Ponce.


Trees Atlanta Update

From announcing its first-ever native plant sale to planting native grasses and wildflowers along the Eastside BeltLine trail to kicking off walking tours of the new Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, there’s a lot going on at Trees Atlanta these days. The organization’s communications manager Bethany Clark sent us the following update.

1st Annual Native Perennial Wildflower and Vine Sale

Trees Atlanta will hold its first-ever native plant sale Saturday April 6th from 8 AM to 1 PM at the organization’s Kendeda Center located at 225 Chester Ave. in Reynoldstown. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is the event sponsor and proceeds from the sale will benefit Trees Atlanta’s youth education programs.

The sale will feature native, pollinator-friendly plants, and will also specialize in perennials that will be planted along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The full plant list can be viewed on Trees Atlanta’s website at

Trees Atlanta’s big annual sale is usually held in October, but this year the local tree-planting non-profit is introducing a new plant sale to coincide with its new education program: Birds, Butterflies, and Bees.

New Eastside Trail Meadow to Feature Native Grasses, Wildflowers

Starting in March and continuing through May, Trees Atlanta will plant 109,000 native grass and wildflower plugs along nearly 8.5 acres of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. These plugs will grow into a native meadow that will become a much-needed source of nesting sites, food, and protection for birds, butterflies, bees, and more. Replanting native meadows is a new sustainable landscape trend in the southeastern U.S. In addition to creating natural habitat, the maintenance of meadows requires less fuel, water, and pesticides.

Trees Atlanta needs plenty of volunteers to help plant the meadow. Anyone interested in volunteering can find dates and location details for the three-month project at

The meadow Trees Atlanta is planting this spring will be unique because it is growing right in the central urban context of the Atlanta BeltLine and its new Arboretum (see item below).

BeltLine Arboretum Becoming Reality

The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum (ABA) is a continuous loop of natural areas around the Atlanta BeltLine. An arboretum (pronounced ar•bor•ree•tum) is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants, such as trees and/or flowers. While most arboretums are located at a single address, the ABA will be a linear arboretum that encircles the entire city of Atlanta.

The ABA is a collective effort of Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, and members of the surrounding community. Comprised of trees, native grasses, wildflowers, art, and much more, the ABA forms a natural connection between 22 miles of Atlanta neighborhoods, trails, transit, and parks, while also attracting wildlife to a continuous corridor of habitat.

You may have already noticed the 600+ trees that Trees Atlanta planted last fall on the Eastside Trail: magnolias, sassafras, long leaf pines, hornbeams, oaks, elms, tulip poplars, hickories, dogwoods, redbuds, and more are all part of the ABA. And that’s just on the Eastside Trail! The arboretum will continue to develop as the Atlanta BeltLine itself continues to expand.

When fully planted, the meadow on the Eastside Trail will consist of more than 43 different species of grasses and forbs (forbs being herbs that are not grass or grass-like). The species will be planted and labeled in such a way as to make identification as easy as possible for visitors and native plant enthusiasts. In years to come, similar meadows will appear along the entire ABA, creating one giant outdoor classroom.

Planting a project this big requires teamwork! Trees Atlanta is partnering with Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on a research component to the meadow. On March 1st and 2nd the Center conducted workshops to train community volunteers, contractors, and design professionals to properly install meadows and collect data for the ABA’s first research project and paper.

From March through May, the planting will take place. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to help Trees Atlanta plant the meadow. If you are interested in volunteering, Trees Atlanta will lead plantings on select weekday and weekend mornings from 9 AM to 12 Noon in March, April, and May. Check the Trees Atlanta calendar for information and to RSVP:

Docent Walking Tours of the BeltLine Arboretum to Start on April 12

Beginning April 12, Eastside Trail visitors will be able to register for an Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent Walking Tour. The walking tours will be led by well-trained experts called docents who will help tour-goers explore the Eastside Trail while focusing particularly on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about the BeltLine. The walking tour takes approximately 90 minutes and begins from an easily-accessible trailhead in Inman Park. Each docent will prepare his or her own unique talking points to spotlight native trees, architectural interests, key historical stories, and more.

To take advantage of this free walking tour, which is offered all year so you can experience every season of the ABA with a trained docent, contact Kate Baltzell at Trees Atlanta at Online registration will begin soon. Special group accommodations will be available.

Trees Atlanta thanks Kaiser Permanente for helping to make the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Docent Program possible.

For more information on these programs, please visit or contact Bethany Clark at 404-681-4892.


Trees Atlanta Tree Sale & Festival

From Trees Atlanta we have the following:

Trees Atlanta Announces 13th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale & Festival

More Than 1,000 Trees and Plants Offered at Annual Non-Profit Fundraiser

Looking for trees and plants to add beauty and shade to your yard? You won’t find a better deal than at the 13th Annual Trees Atlanta Tree Sale & Festival. The local non-profit has added more than 88,000 trees to metro Atlanta since its inception in 1985, and each October, Trees Atlanta has a sale that offers more than 1,000 plants – including 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials, and tree-friendly vines – for purchase by the public. All proceeds benefit weekly neighborhood tree planting projects, helping Trees Atlanta volunteers plant approximately 2,000 trees each year all around metro Atlanta.

The sale, sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., will take place at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, located at 225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316 on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trees Atlanta donors of $500 or more are invited to attend a preview shopping night the evening before the sale.

The Trees Atlanta Tree Sale gives plant lovers a chance to talk with experts about why each tree is unique, so that making the decision on which tree to buy becomes easy and enjoyable, for both the avid planter and the first-time buyer. Shoppers will find oaks, ginkgos, hickories, hollies, dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, hydrangeas, blueberries, and many more species and varieties, including selections that attract wildlife and pollinators such as birds, butterflies, and bees.

One variety that is making its first appearance at the tree sale this year is Sheri’s Cloud blackgum, which is a variegated blackgum that was discovered in Arkansas. Another great plant that is always very popular is the paw paw. It’s a small tree with beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. Also available will be Devil’s Walking Stick, which has the largest leaves of any native tree (they’re compound and can be up to 5 feet long!). And if you’re looking for beautiful vines for a trellis or fence, we’ll have several great native options like coral honeysuckle, passion vine, native wisteria, and trumpetcreeper.

In addition to purchasing trees and plants, visitors are invited to spend time at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center by enjoying the festival component. There will be features such as planting and pruning demonstrations, live music, a small sheep petting zoo, a dynamic speaker, partner booths, kid’s crafts, raffles, and food trucks. There will also be opportunities to learn about the components of Trees Atlanta’s Platinum LEED-certified headquarters.

A complete list of trees and plants for sale will be available on And if a shopper wants a big tree but has a small car, Trees Atlanta can provide delivery, as well as planting assistance, within a limited area for a small fee. Go tree shopping on October 13th with Trees Atlanta!


Trees Atlanta planting

Saturday morning 12/10 ( 9 til noon) Trees Atlanta will be here to plant 60 new neighborhood trees in areas near the BeltLine. Meet on Arcadia Street at Virginia Avenue in tree planting clothes along with your gloves – kids welcome with parental supervision. This is yet another way to meet your neighbors, and then you can watch the trees you helped plant grow and prosper in years to come. Direct any questions to our VaHi tree lady, Stephanie Coffin at


Voice – Spring 2011

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– Tree planting
– Neighborhood responds to recent crime wave
– Volunteers
– Orme Park construction
– Sidewalks/walkability
– FBAC doubles patrol area
– Home Tour success
– Graffiti task force update
– History Part X


Voice – Winter 2007-8

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– Phase II Streetscape plans finalized
– President’s Corner
– 2007 Tour of Homes recap
– Area homes included on tour of kitchens
– Zipcar comes to VaHi
– VaHi Safety Team report
– Neighborhood preservation initiative gains steam
– Trees Atlanta visits VaHi
– The Bus Stop: school news
– Col. Mustard reviews La Tavola
– Intown cycling: family style
– Orme Park master plan takes shape, by Jack White