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2021 Greenspace Report

Washington Av has done a lot for an area with little tree coverage. Previously they have planted street trees as well as trees within the vacant lot area in addition to a multitude of shrubs and perennials. This year we put in a stone bench, another shrub in a bare corner (opposite the corner that is very filled out with a smokebush), planted an arborvitae toward the back of the site and added many perennials around the central magnolia tree. Participation was strong and consistent from the extended family of Nikki (who coordinates and maintains group cohesion and volunteership) while a few friends of the extended family would drop by to help out as well. The stewardship commitment to the site has made a significant impact on the greening of the very cement-laden area and when the various trees age- the canopy cover will be very impactful in this area without many mature trees. The addition of the stone bench and pruning of the existing shrubs has done a lot to emphasize the existing orchestration of plants and with the addition of perennials surrounding the central tree, the site continues to develop and improve the landscape further and further back towards the still “untamed” back of the site. Progress was swift and volunteership consistent and determined across the entirety of the summer. We created a mulch bed on the right of the site (when looking from street) and filled it with donated irises which have done well but could use some more plant-neighbors to fill out the area in order to continue the site’s development.

2021 Accomplishments

  • 1 trees planted (Dark American Arborvitae in the back middle of the site)
  • 1 shrubs planted (Ninebark in the front right of the site (when facing from street))
  • 23 perennials planted (4 seedums, 6 daylillies, 4 russian sage, 1 regular sage, 2 heavy metal grasses, 6 echinacea and many donated hostas and irises)
  • 5.0 yards compost spread
  • 8 events
  • 10 volunteers
  • 74 volunteer hours