Volunteers dig in at Edmonds Arbor Day planting event

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A handful of willing volunteers gathered Saturday morning at the Meadowdale Community Clubhouse to grab shovels and make the dirt fly as they planted more than 100 trees and 40 shrubs in an area that until recently was covered in blackberries.

“We’ve been pulling those blackberries for the past five months,” laughed Parks Maintenance Manager Rich Lindsey. “They’re finally gone, and now it’s time to restore some diverse native vegetation.”

The plants were personally chosen by Parks Department Horticulturalist Jesse Curran, who said he’s “very excited” about several of the less common varieties going in today. “This will be a beautiful, diverse habitat,” he said, “with native plants throughout.”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

One Reply to “Volunteers dig in at Edmonds Arbor Day planting event”

  1. The Arbor Day celebration was planned by the Edmonds Tree Board as one of the events to follow through on the Tree Board motto. “Right Tree, Right Place”. City Parks Department members Jesse Curran, Debra Dill and Rich Lindsay
    gave their expert advice for choosing mostly natives. Jesse, Debra and Rich as well as Tree Board members and Meadowdale citizens planted the plants. The crew also removed the invasive plants and took away the unwanted plants and pots. It was a great community event.

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