The next time you stroll through the Spanish Park Memorial, stop to admire the nine newly planted trees.
Judi Shellabarger, Cooper-Young’s official Arboretum Chair, and Mike Larrivee, Beautification Committee, worked tirelessly with the City of Memphis Division of Parks and Neighborhoods to get permission to add more tree canopy to our neighborhood park. Shellabarger met numerous times with the division landscaper, Keith Schnadelbach, to determine suitable native trees and the best places to plant them. Many of the old trees in the park are dying, so these trees ensure our community park stays lovely and inviting. They were selected because of their beauty, hardiness, and ability to attract pollinators.
The nine trees include: two American hornbeam, one rough leaf dogwood, 1 Japanese cryptomeria, three “autumn brilliance” apple serviceberries, one celestial flowering dogwood, and one Cherokee brave flowering dogwood.
The trees were paid for by the Cooper-Young Garden Club members in honor or memory of loved ones. As the garden club and arboretum group continue to look for ways to add more trees and shrubs to the neighborhood canopy, residents will have the opportunity to purchase more plantings.
Besides Larrivee, who also transported the trees from Dabney’s nursery, other neighborhood volunteers that helped plant, mulch, stake, and water included: garden club member Robbie Dixon, who dug holes even with a torn rotator cuff injury; garden club member Robert Hatfield; Cooper-Young Community Association Treasurer Caroline Smart; garden club member John Browning, who delivered the mulch; and Shellabarger, garden club secretary.
Two other amazing volunteers were Jan Castillo and Linnea West, members of both Urban Forestry and the Memphis Botanic Tree Team. These two women have been great supporters of our arboretum project and have double checked our tree identifications several times.
A thank you also to Dr. Stephen Tower of Memphis Animal Clinic which abuts the Spanish Park. He helps maintain the area and let us use his water to soak in our trees.
It was a beautiful day to plant and much fun was had by all. If you didn’t get a chance to help plant this time, we invite you to join us for future plantings.