After a week of digging, massaging cramped root balls and mulching, we got the last of ALL of this years seemingly endless potted or bare root plants in the ground! Whew...
Four Rivers purchased many of the trees from Hadley Garden Center, who also generously donated persimmons to the cause. Tripple Brook Farm also donated a number of flats of perennials, and Bug Hill Farm contributed dozens of native pollinating bushes.
Our mission began in Hadley, where we got to plant at the World Food Market (who's back yard abuts the bike path) - the first of hopefully many businesses to participate in 'edible exit' plantings off the rail trail. We planted
- 2 'Golden Delight', 10' persimmons at North Star Teen Center
- 3 Apples at Tran's World Food Market
- 3 Apples along the Nagle Walkway section of the Rail Trail
- 4 Apples & 2 sea berries along the Rail Trail behind the courthouse
- 2 yucca & garden sorrel at "Frog town", Maplewood parking lots,
- 10 Northern wine grapes along the O'Donnell house, Rail Trail
- 9 Chippewa blueberry & 7 haskap honeyberry at Community Action! Youth Programs
- 2 apple trees at Greenfield High School
- 2 apple trees, 1 nanny berry, 2 pawpaw and 6 butterfly at the Newton Elementary School
- 2 apples at the Four Corners Elementary School
- 20 buttonbush, 6 wetlands rose, yucca, steeple bush and a kousa dogwood at the Blatchford Forest Garden, 3 Chinese chestnuts and a wild pear along Meyers Farm meadow, and 3 aronia, 3 blueberry and 8 honeyberry at the rain garden -- all at Four Rivers Charter School
- 2 Chinese chestnut, 3 black walnut and 3 buttonbush at Just Roots Community Farm
- 16 aronia, 8 butterfly bush and 3 sweet fern at the Brookie Sculpture Park on Deerfield St
Check out all the empty pots!