2016 Report for Yow Street Plant Brigade (Formerly: Young Street Plant Brigade)
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Number of trees planted
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Two 'Purple Prince' crabapples planted in front of 32 Whittlesey Ave.
Number of shrubs planted
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Species: False holly, ‘Sky Pencil’ holly, Elderberry
Number of perennials planted
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Species: Sedum (‘Autumn Joy’), Russian sage, Daylily, Liriope, Lamium ‘Red Nancy’, Japanese fern, Variegated hosta, Shasta daisy, Purple coneflower, Cat mint, Bearded iris
Yards compost spread
Yards mulch spread
The YOW! Plant Brigade completed its seventh summer of street beautification this year. The group mobilizes a diverse population of neighbors – young, middle-aged, old, black, white, renters and homeowners – to expand and maintain the streetscape gardens and trees it has established over the years. Street trees and raised perennial beds along Osborn Ave from Blake Street to Whalley Ave brighten this side of an old Jewish cemetery. Small perennial gardens at the intersection of Young Street and Osborn Ave catch your eye as you turn onto Young, a one-block corridor with a beautiful tree canopy. This year, the group added plants, mulch, and plenty of water to sustain these existing gardens. YOW also spruced up two front yards that it had remediated in past summers. In July, the Dabre-Rufus family joined the group for the first time to plant two street trees on the corner of Young Street and Whittlesey Ave. The group concluded the season by completing lead remediation in the front yard of 32 Whittlesey – the eleventh yard remediated in YOW’s history!